There will be plenty on the line Friday night when Jimtown hosts Glenn at Knepp Field in the Northern State Conference opener for both teams. It's our Martin's Spotlight Game of the Week.
With this being the final year of the NSC, this game will go a long way into determining who wins the conference.
"It's one of those games where we don't want to be 0-1 in the conference and have to rely on someone else to do the work for us," Jimtown coach Mike Campbell says.
The Jimmies are looking to avoid an 0-2 start for the first time since 1990. Jimtown lost to NorthWood in the season opener in a bizarre game plagued by stoppages due to the lights on the field going out a number of times. Campbell says the issues are because of power concerns in the area not at the school. He said the lights flicked during school hours Tuesday.
"We would just like two hours of the lights working Friday," Campbell joked.
Campbell has great respect for the Falcons.
"A very solid Glenn team," Campbell said. "They have a great backfield, the quarterback is back, they have a good receiver and they have a coaching staff that is familiar with us."
That coaching staff is led by Jimtown alum David Sharpe, a former Jimmies player and assistant coach.
"it's huge just because he started here and now he's there," Jimtown running back Nik Olson says. "We run the same type of offense. He took what he learned here and went there. It's a big rivalry. It's kind of like a punch in the gut. Even before he went there, Glenn was always a big target, circle on the schedule so we definitely want to beat them."
Sharpe is the son of Jimtown coaching legend Bill Sharpe. He grew up at Knepp Field. While he coached against Jimtown last year in a game at Glenn, this will mark the first he coaches against his alma mater at his alma mater.
"For me just seeing the home side of Jimtown will be a little different," Sharpe admitted. "But, I will still be just as nervous about making sure we can tackle guys like Marquis and Kenny Kern. They have got a lot of good little running backs and a lot of good receivers. We have got our hands full. We know we have to play not a 'perfect game' but we have to play mistake free if we want to come out with a victory."
Sharpe isn't the only one playing against his old team; so is Senior wing back Damen Jackson, who transferred from Jimtown and sat out last football season.
"Definitely I would like to have a victory against Jimtown for coach and for the school," Jackson said. "It has been so long since we have. Definitely would love to come out with a victory."
Jimtown and Glenn will kickoff at 7:30 Friday night at Knepp Field.