(Festus) There might not be a bigger game in the MAFC Red Division this season than this week’s edition of Jefferson County Friday Night Football on KJFF.
The Hillsboro Hawks visit the Festus Tigers Friday with first place in the conference on the line.
Hillsboro has bounced back from an 0-2 start to win its last 2 games in handy fashion, including a 36-14 win over North County in their league opener last week.
Hawks head coach Bill Sucharski says he told his team they were better than their slow start to 2020, and his guys believed.
Behind sophomore stars Jaxin Patterson and Austin Romaine, the Hawks are becoming a force on the ground, rushing for over 300 yards per game this season.
But in order to beat Festus for a second straight year, Sucharski says his defense has to have its best game of the season and stymie all the Tigers’ weapons.
Under new head coach A.J. Ofodile, Festus is off to a 4-0 start to the season, including big wins in both MAFC Red Division games this year.
But despite an unbeaten record and an average margin of victory of 29 points, Ofodile says his team not only can get better, but they have to.
Senior running back Austin Anderson is having a monster season with over 600 yards rushing and 6 touchdowns, while junior quarterback Cole Rickermann has thrown 11 TDs.
But Festus has a chip on its shoulder to go with talent.
The Tigers are looking for redemption from a 39-14 loss at Hillsboro last season that cost them a share of the conference championship.
With a chance to earn at least a share this season with a win, Ofodile says motivation will not be a problem.
The Hawks have actually won the last 7 meetings with the Tigers.
Festus looks to finally top Hillsboro and stay on top in the MAFC Red Division Friday on Jefferson County Friday Night Football.
Coverage start with the Flieg’s Equipment Pregame Show at 6 on AM 1400 KJFF.