In the past few meetings between the Macon Tigers and Clark County Indians, the end score has heavily favored the boys in orange & black.
This time around, the Indians will likely have some more fight in them.
The Tigers and Indians have clashed four times in the past two years, twice in the regular season, twice in the playoffs, with Macon winning all of them.
Last season, the Tigers made the long trek to Kahoka to play Clark in their homecoming game, and Macon would shut them out 38-0.
The Indians would be a little tougher in the Class 2 Regionals, but Macon still pulled out a 21-13 win.
For 2012, Clark County returns a large number of players from the previous year's squad, while Macon has several new faces at key positions.
Both teams have a new starting quarterback; Craig Smith succeeds Dylan Perrin for Macon, while Austin Egley, a 5' 10", 185 lb. senior, replaces the versatile Seth Williams for Clark County.
At the running back spot, the Tigers replace Henry Walker and Taquan Kelly with Tyrone Walker, Levi Walker, Kaleb Welch among many others.
For Clark County, their main running threat is returning senior Bryce Boudreau, who stands at 5' 10", 175 lb.
Another player that head coach Quentin Hamner is counting on at the RB spot is sophomore Jacob Trump, at 6' 0", 170 lb.
Before the running back gets the ball, a fierce battle takes place at the line.
Macon will send the Lolli cousins and Kothe brothers up against linemen like seniors Kyle Kovar, Luke Ross and Brandon Bourgeois.
On defense, the Indians will line up in multiple 3-4 defenses.
They have eight starters returning to a defense that only gave up 13.3 points per game a year ago, which included three shutouts.
Just like on the offensive side of the ball, Hamner will count on the big three (Kovar, Ross and Bourgeois) up front.
He will also have inside linebacker Lincoln Jones, who stands at 5' 11", 195 lb. and is considered to be the top newcomer for Clark this season.
Jayvin Ray also returns for the Indians, moving from the corner position to safety. Boudreau will also be on defense as an outside linebacker and strong safety.
So far, in 2012, the Clark County Indians have done what they used to do, and that is blow the opponent out on the scoreboard.
In week one, the Indians traveled down to Monroe City and came home with a huge 36-7 win.
In week two, Clark played its first home game against the Bulldogs of Louisiana, and again rolled to a big win, 42-15.
In week three, the Indians went down to Ewing to battle the Cougars of Highland, and went to 3-0 overall with a 41-9 win.
Page 2 of 2 - After stepping toe-to-toe with Macon Friday night, Clark County will be back on the road in Week 5, where a roadtrip to Mark Twain awaits.
In week six, the Indians play host to the improved Palmyra Panthers.
Weeks six and seven will have roadtrips to two very tough obstacles in Centralia and South Shelby.
In week nine, Clark County battles Brookfield for senior night.
Macon has had the upper hand against the Indians for the past four meetings, but will things be different this time.
Will you brave that long drive north to see your hometown Tigers battle a top-5 team?