EAST PRAIRIE-- It will be a battle of the Eagles Friday night in East Prairie as the East Prairie Eagles football team will take on the Grandview Eagles of Hillsboro in their home opener.
East Prairie (0-1) will be looking for their first win after losing to state-ranked Hayti 27-6 in Hayti last Friday.
Grandview (0-1) will also be searching for their first victory since they dropped their season opener to Chaffee, 36-8.
East Prairie head coach Jason Aycock feels that his team will be ready to play with the same fire that they had against one of the best teams in the state with last week.
"I want to see the same intensity," Aycock said. "Of course we want to play a little better, but I want to see the same enthusiasm and camaraderie that we had last week. We are coming into our second game, which is our home opener. I want to see that great effort from everyone."
The Eagles will once again look to set the tone of the game with the strong running game embodied by running back M.C. Williams.
"M.C. can be a force in every game we play," Aycock said. "He had 175 yards against Hayti and I feel that having that kind of a game against one of the top teams in the state and probably one of the fastest teams in the state is a great start. I hope for him to come out and have another big game this week."
Aycock points out that the lack of a passing attack hurt his team in Hayti last week. He feels that quarterback Conner Scott could be a big difference maker in this Friday's contest.
"I look for our passing game to really improve," Aycock said. "I look for Conner to step up and have a big game. However, for Conner to have a big game, our offensive line has to really step up and protect him.
"You can't throw it if you don't have protection. If that happens, I think Conner could really have a big game for us."
Aycock also noted that the failure to establish a rhythm in the offense was a problem last Friday.
"In the offense we run we have to establish that rhythm because everything is based on a sequence," Aycock said. "We need to make sure and do that this Friday."
Aycock was pleased with the speed and alertness of his defense last Friday but says that the team needs to work on completing their tackles.
"The thing I really liked last week was how our defense flew around the football," Aycock said. "I felt like our defense flew around extremely well. They were on every play and we were hitting them in the backfield almost every play. If we could have just held on a little longer we would have had more big defensive plays and held them to less points. We need to do a better job executing our tackles."
Aycock feels that his squad has the advantage in some areas of Friday's match-up.
"In size and speed, I like the way we match up to Grandview," he said. "I feel that we will be faster than them from looking at film."
Aycock has no changes in his usual game planning for the game against Grandview.
"We do the same thing to prepare every week," he said. "We don't change what we do we just get better at what we do."
"Our game plan is to get better at what we do," he contiuned. "It is to not panic just because it didn't work against one team. We don't need to start changing things."
Aycock feels his team is ready to do what they need to do to pick up their first win this year.
"I feel like we just need to go out and execute our game plan."