The stage is set for teams ALL across Texas preparing for what is now their last guaranteed game. The Brownwood Lions have picked it up a notch. Their opening-round opponent is against a historic rival.
"It just goes way back. Stephenville and Brownwood have been rivals for a real long time. We're 50 miles apart and both teams have had good teams over the years," Brownwood head coach Chuck Howard said.
The last time Brownwood played Stephenville, was in 2011, when the Lions fell 66-0. And they can still feel it.
"I don't like them. And that's the mindset I'm going with on Friday," said Brownwood quarterback Chris Keesee.
"I've heard stories of fights breaking out in the crowd, buses following people home, things like that, you know," said Brownwood running back Braxton Kilgo.
So the fans may get a little roughed up Friday, but that's how the Lions are headed in to this game.
"We're as prepared as we can be. We've got three starters that have been out the past few weeks. We've got our work cut out for us this Friday, they're a very good football team," said Howard.
"I just want to prepare better than I ever have. Stephenville is a really good team, the toughest challenge we've had in a while," said Keesee.
"Playoffs, it's do or die, everything we have left has to come out now," said Kilgo.
Stephenville and Brownwood kick off at 7:30 p.m. Friday night at Shotwell Stadium.