Sterlington (6-0, 1-0) at Wossman (1-5, 1-0), Friday, 7 p.m.
Continuing conference play Friday night, the Sterlington Panthers make the short trip down Highway 165 South to face Wossman. Kickoff time for the Wildcats' homecoming game is 7 p.m.
This marks the first-ever meeting between Sterlington, a District 3-2A newcomer, and Wossman on the gridiron.
"It's Wossman's homecoming, so they will have a big crowd," Sterlington coach Lee Doty said. "It will be great for our kids to play in a playoff-type environment."
Wossman (1-5) got off to a slow start with setbacks to Benton (49-7), Oak Grove (26-6), West Monroe (50-12), St. James (19-0) and Peabody (22-19) before opening district play last week with a 50-26 win over Madison Parish.
Doty isn't putting a lot of stock into the Wildcats' record, though.
"They are dangerous," Doty said. "They have a lot of athletes, they got a taste of winning last week, and it's homecoming at their place. We'll have our hands full, for sure."
Quarterback Antrell Green, running back Oteago Carter and wide receivers Johnathan West and Jacoby Collins headline a solid nucleus at the skill positions.
"We have trouble tackling athletic quarterbacks, so we'll see how it goes," Doty said.
Center Josh Jones is the foundation of the offensive line.
Among the Wildcats' key defenders are tackles Rayland Coleman and Detavion Anthony, linebacker Jaylen Jones and strong safety Kadorian Dougans.
Sterlington (6-0, 1-0) owns the state's second-longest winning streak at 15 games behind Logansport, which has reeled off 20 straight.
Opening league play at home last week, the Panthers were sluggish in a 36-26 victory over Carroll.
"I think we'll play better than we did last week," Doty predicted.
As far as Doty is concerned, that isn't saying a lot.
"I thought we went through the motions," Doty said. "We just didn't seem interested in what we were doing. Coming off of a big win on the road the previous week (38-20 over Calvary Baptist), that was to be expected. But when you open district play at home, you have to play with a little more energy than we did."
Doty was particularly disappointed that the Panthers left points on the table following a first-and-goal from the 9 late in the first half. Rather than opening up a three score lead, Sterlington settled for a 22-6 halftime advantage. Carroll eventually drew within 22-14 early in the third quarter.
On a positive note, the Panthers are starting to get some relief following a rash of injuries at the tailback spot.
Austin Dupree and Malik Davis have both practiced this week. Dupree missed the past two games with a sprained ankle, while Davis has been out since Week 1 with a fractured ankle.
"Dupree will be available, for sure," Doty said. "He brings leadership, toughness and depth. I am glad to see him back."
Davis remains questionable for Friday night.
"Dupree was able to run and condition," Doty said. "Malik, it's going to take him a little while. His ankle was broken, so he wasn't able to do much of anything."
Dupree (67 carries, 592 yards, 6 TDs) remains the Panthers' leading rusher. Shifting to tailback from fullback following injuries to C.J. Colvin and Davis in Week 1, the senior recorded four consecutive 100-yard games prior to rolling his ankle in practice prior to the Loyola tilt.
During Dupree's absence, the Panthers discovered another tailback in sophomore Dallas Reagor (45-301-3), who ran for 178 yards vs. Loyola and 116 vs. Calvary.
"Dallas is still going to get his touches," Doty said. "He's earned them."
Fullback Luke Denman (86-389-7) is coming off the best outing of his career after rushing for 115 yards and two touchdowns on 16 carries vs. Carroll.
Quarterback Carson Clowers has thrown for 547 yards and four TDs while rushing for 266 yards and four more scores.
Tight end Brooks Rushworth (18 receptions, 292 yards, 3 TDs) and wide receiver Davis Johnson (10-149-1) are Clowers' main targets in the passing game.
Defensive leaders for the Panthers are linebacker Dawson Snell (58 tackles, 2 tackles for loss, 2 sacks, 2 interceptions, 2 forced fumbles), tackle Chandler Moncrief (28 tackles, 2 TFL, 3 sacks), safety Trevor Jones (28 tackles, 1 sack, 1 INT) and end Tanner Coley (28 tackles, 3.5 sacks).
POWS: Players of the Week for the Carroll game were tight end Tucker Allen on offense, cornerback Cole Jones on defense and Chris Parker on special teams.
Scout Teams Players of the Week were Carson Fowler and Brandon Gossett (offense) and Carson Allen (defense).
Tucker and Carson Allen became the first set of brothers to earn POW awards in the same week.
NEXT: Sterlington will play Madison Parish for homecoming on Friday, Oct. 20, before wrapping up the regular season with Senior Night vs. Union Parish on Oct. 27, and traveling to Richwood on Thursday, Nov. 2.