This Friday night Concord and NorthWood are Newscenter 16's Martin's spotlight game of the week. Both teams enter the game with 2-0 records, but as of late Concord has dominated the series. The Minutemen have won eight out of the last ten games. NorthWood's last win against Concord was in the 2011 sectional championship.
When the rivals square off this Friday it will mark the opening of NorthWood's Northern Lakes conference season. Coach Scott Hoover is entering his fifth year as head coach and says that his team is preparing the exact same as they do every week.
"We want to win them all. You know, we prepare hard for all of them. This is a good team and it is the start of our conference season. We don't really think that this one is more important than the next one or the one before but it just happens to be the next one on our schedule. We are going to go after it the best we can," Coach said.
His players may see it just a little bit differently. Senior safety Trent Sauceda talked how sweet it would be to stay perfect while beating their rivals on their home turf.
"We have always had Concord's number and they have always had ours. We want it so bad, to be 3-0 would be awesome, Concord is a huge rival. We are just excited to go out and play." Trent added "This senior class is really close and we have been playing football together for a while. I think we will be ready for Friday and it should be a fun game."
Concord knows just how much is stake as well. In fact the Minutemen haven't lost a game to the Panthers at home since 1997. Even with their recent success against NorthWood head coach Tim Dawson isn't letting any of that go to his team's head.
Coach Dawson said "You can't dwell on the past. I always tell our kids 'Those are history books. You read about it and those are great memories but that is it.' This is a whole new year, a whole new identity this team is trying to establish." He added "The only thing you can worry about is what you can control and that is this year."
The Minutemen have cruised to a 2-0 record this year. They have outscored their opponents 80-13 in their first two games. That doesn't mean they are looking past the Panthers, just ask junior wide out Jerrell Pointdexter.
"They are a difficult team. They played hard nosed defense so we have got to prepare hard for that on offense. Everything else should come together."
Kickoff is set for 7:30 Friday night in Concord.