Game of the week preview: Brookstone at Marion County

After coming off a big win against their in-city rival, the Brookstone Cougars are feeling good.
"We’ve got some good confidence on our side and I know we’re gonna have to be at our best on Friday night," said head coach Scott Pethtel.
This week is one of their biggest tests yet.  They travel to Marion County, a school that’s been a Class A power for years and has always provided a challenge for the Cougars.
"We haven’t beat them for a few years and we’re gonna have to strive to be in that position at the end of the game," said Pethtel.
Because the Cougars are aiming high.  They don’t just want to make the playoffs, they want to win what’s important.
"Our main goal in the end is to win the region and to make a really good run in the playoffs," said senior Wesley Tillman. "So I think these next two wins are definitely going to be a really big determining factor as to how the end of our season is going to look."
The Marion County Eagles are in the same position. After losing a few key players from last year’s squad, they’ve been eager to get better.
"We’ve got a long way to go to get where we want to go and that’s what we’re doing to work hard to get to that point," said head coach Chris Kirksey.
They’ve been transitioning since day one though, not just with new players but with injury battles.  The Eagles recently lost their starting quarterback in JJ Fuller, but Quentez Battle has stepped up, filling that role he competed in last year.
"It feels good to get another chance to lead this team, be the leader of this team," he said. "It feels good to be back at quarterback."
The Eagles will be looking for win number five on the season. They know it won’t come easy, and expect a battle of good teams.
"This is what you practice for, get out there and play in big games," Kirksey said. "It’s gonna be exciting and our guys are looking forward to it and our coaches are looking forward to it.
Brookstone and Marion County kick off on Friday, October 7th at 7:30pm.

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