The No. 5 ranked Newcastle Bobcats will play the No. 3 ranked Strawn Greyhounds at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 29, in Mineral Wells.
The Bobcats enter the game with a 9-2 record, with one of their losses coming from Strawn in the regular season, a high scoring affair that ended with a 74-54 Strawn victory.
Still, the Bobcats feel like they have a good chance in this weekend's rematch.
Newcastle is coming off of a 52-18 win over Guthrie in the Regional game in which three Bobcats stood out with exceptional performances.
Tyler Mayes rushed for 134 yards and three touchdowns, passed for 131 yards and two touchdowns, made four of his six extra point attempts and finished second on the team with eight tackles.
Defensively, Nathan Wilson recorded nine tackles to lead the team, and caught a 26-yard pass to boot.
Ryan Hardin also got things done on both sides of the ball, rushing for 57 yards and a touchdown, and tacked on 80 receiving yards that included a touchdown.
Hardin was responsible for the Bobcat's only turnover of the game with an interception to go along with his four tackles.
Haden Shields added three tackles for the Bobcats' defense, while Matthew Lowe, Hunter McBride and Trinity Bohannan each had two tackles.
Kyle Crossland caught a 25-yard pass for a touchdown, and Shields ran the ball four times to add 33 yards of offense.
The Bobcats scored the first five touchdowns to take a 32-0 lead until Guthrie got their first touchdown with 3:06 left in the third quarter, narrowing the score 32-6.
Despite Newcastle's three fourth quarter touchdowns, Guthrie managed to show some fight with two late scores of its own, displaying heart in the face of an insurmountable deficit.
Now the Bobcats face a Strawn team that got the best of them in the fifth week of the season.
In that game, turnovers were the big story for the Bobcats, who finished the game with four fumbles and an interception.
Newcastle lost two of those fumbles to give the Greyhounds a 3:1 turnover ratio.
Strawn's 256 passing yards also got the Bobcats in a bad way, and this, along with other issues, will have to be addressed if Newcastle wants to win on Friday.
For more on the Bobcats, pick up the midweek issue of the Graham Leader.