One team looks to achieve its best Inter-Tri County League upper tier season ever while another looks to avoid its worst league start.
The Lisbon football team will face perhaps its biggest challenge of the season as they battle Crestview on Friday at War Memorial Stadium.
The Blue Devils (2-2, 1-0) are coming off their most dominant performance in nearly a decade following their 54-6 rout of East Palestine.
As they look to capitalize, Lisbon coach Jim Tsilimos knows that they have their hands full with Crestview, a team Lisbon has never been able to defeat in the ITCL.
"They've dominated, since 2008, in this league, and as I've said, they're champions until someone beats them," Tsilimos said. "They're well coached and have great athletes."
The Rebels (3-1, 0-1) will march on after last week's stunning loss to South Range 49-35, their first upper tier loss since 2009, and first regular season loss since 2011.
Crestview coach Paul Cusick will focus on the little mistakes that amounted to the big loss.
"We need to go back and fix those mistakes that we made over the week," Cusick said. "We need to make sure to correct these. Not giving away yardage before the snap is something we'll have to work."
Tsilimos' challenge for the Blue Devils to play a strong 48 minutes against East Palestine was met with great success, and the bar will be set much higher for this week.
"They are playing a team that is ranked and has lots of tradition," Tsilimos said. "We need to go out and show people that we've made strides, and we've made improvements, and we can play again like this."
The Rebels know that with all the improvements the Blue Devils have made, both teams are still healthy and ready.
"The Blue Devils are a team on the rise," Cusick said. "They have a lot of good players. We got to find a way to put them away if we need to win."
Two players the Blue Devils will keep an eye out for are senior quarterback Collin Gilbert and senior tight end Josh McDade.
"I think he's one of the better quarterbacks in this part of the state," Tsilimos said. "He throws well, runs well, he can see the field and play defense. He's their Mr. Everything. McDade is another one who does a lot for the team as well."
The Rebels will keep an eye on the whole team, but mainly will focus on quarterback Josh Liberati.
"In the overall scheme, Liberati is going well," Cusick said. "He has matured in the role and has gotten better. They have an improving line as well."
Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. on Friday.