Players already have their eyes on the prize and fans are ready to support them on the road to victory.
"It's great to be back in the pads," says Justin Dorrell who plays for Parkview High School.
He's nervous for the big game. But for first time players, it's an exciting time.
"We'll be watching the upperclassmen," says Freshman Matt Knetzer.
"This is the final shot for the seniors," adds Hikeem McCormick. "Just get it done, man."
Older teammates say that enthusiasm is scoring extra points.
"It's good to see the new kids get excited and hopefully that will take this program back to where it needs to be," says Dorrell of Parkview's record.
Just as players work hard on the field, they're hoping for similar efforts in the stands.
"We wear jerseys and paint our faces and hair," says Rachel Nieves of her school spirit.
"We really need that support when the game gets tough," admits Dorrell.
For now, the focus isn't on fumbles, it's on victory. And that's a winning idea on the field and in the stands.
A winning attitude was present at games across the Ozarks Friday night.
With school spirit out in full force, everyone has a chance to voice theirs on this site at the First and Ten Smack Talk posting.