Hallsville and Nacogdoches Dragons each took down a 2013 state finalists in week one. Big wins over Carthage and Kilgore, have given the Bobcats and Dragons early season swagger.
"I think we were all really surprised," said Hallsville offensive lineman Brandon Hosey after beating Carthage. "Everyone in the stands was surprised. I was surprised. I thought we had a chance to win, but I didn't realize that we could beat Carthage that bad."
The Dragons are equally optimistic.
"Knowing we beat a team (Kilgore) that was ranked in the state and was runner up at state last year and we beat those guys, it just gives us confidence going in to the Hallsville game," said Nacogdoches cornerback Jaylon Lane.
Only one of these 5A heavyweights can remain perfect after Friday night. The Bobcats spread offense hopes to score big against a Nacogdoches defense loaded with division one talent.
"We know their defensive back unit is really good," said Hallsville wide receiver and defensive back Jaylon Kerby. "We think we can get over the top of them or block with them because we had over 300 yards rushing last week."
Lane is ready for the challenge.
"I've been looking forward to this game because I love teams that run spread and pass the ball," said Lane. "We just want to go out there and makes some plays and make a statement really early."
Confidence has never been higher in Hallsville and Nacogdoches. One team will escape Friday night an impressive 2 and 0 record.
"I think it will be a really tough one," said Hosey. "I think they (Nacogdoches) are better than Carthage. They have more depth, speed and size. It's going to be a dog fight."