SUWANNEE, Fla. (WTXL) — Madison County High School versus Suwannee High School is a rivalry dominated by the Cowboys since the 1990s, but Friday night's match-up between the two schools could be just what the Bulldogs need to swing things back in their favor in this week's game of the week.
Heading into week three of the high school football season we're starting to see teams slowly separate themselves from the rest of the pack.
Two teams doing just that are Madison County High School and Suwannee High School.
The Cowboys and Bulldogs will square off this Friday in Suwannee with an undefeated record on the line.
"You know playing Madison County this week, that's a different animal in itself," said Kyler Hall, the head football coach at Suwannee. "But to start the way we have regardless of who we've played is promising."
The last time Suwannee beat Madison in the regular season was 1995. When it comes to Friday night's contest coach Hall has put an emphasis on making sure his guys are mentally prepared for the challenge.
"The overall perspective really comes down to in between the ears," Hall said. "Can you handle some adversity which is going to come in the game because one thing about Madison is they're going to play four quarters."
On the other side, the Cowboys are focusing on Suwannee's biggest playmaker, senior quarterback Jaquez Moore.
"I mean he's their guy, their leader and I've watched him enough to know he's built like a brick house," said Mike Coe, Madison County's head football coach. "So we're going to have to get off blocks, we're going to have to rally. You know can't be one guy there to tackle him, needs to be more than one."
Madison County will come into Friday night with the challenge of being on the road in a tough environment. But that almost seems to spark even more drive within this Cowboy squad.
"I think just the belief that our preparation has prepped for this and we're going to find a way to get it done and they all believe that," Coe said.
That game kicks off Friday night in Suwannee at 7:30 p.m.
We'll have those highlights plus highlights from all your other favorite teams across the Big Bend area and south Georgia on Friday night Overtime at 11:15 p.m. on ABC 27.
Congratulations are in order for this week's Friday Night Overtime Play of the Week winner: Thomas County Central's DJ Walden's one handed interception!
Walden and the Jacket faithful nailed 86 percent of the votes this week, a landslide.