TEAMS: North Lamar Panthers (0-4, 0-1) at Pleasant Grove Hawks (4-2, 1-0)
KICKOFF: 7:30 p.m., Hawk Stadium
LAST WEEK: Pleasant Grove thumped Pittsburg, 48-9, while North Lamar was shut out by Liberty-Eylau, 22-0.
LAST YEAR: The teams did not play.
GAME FACTS: Pleasant Grove senior running back Logan Johnson leads the team in rushing with 657 yards on 70 carries (9.4 average) and eight touchdowns. Nick Martin is the second-leading Hawk rusher with 397 yards on 57 totes (7.0 average) and eight scores. Pleasant Grove averages 38.7 points per game and gives up 21.8, while the Panthers average 9.8 points per game and give up 26.2 per contest. North Lamar runs a spread offense. This is a District 8-4A, Div. II clash. The game will be live blogged at www.texarkanagazette.com/pleasantgrove.
COACH'S COMMENTS: Pleasant Grove's Josh Gibson — "North Lamar has a smaller group this year, and they have a new coaching staff. It's taken some time to get things rolling, and they are struggling.
"We've had a great week of practice. We had a deep, powerful meeting on Monday. We had the meeting because there are some areas that we need to grow in that will surface later. The kids handled it great. They have great attitudes and they are good kids. We will take steps and feel good. It is not result-induced, it is more of a cultural, leadership kind of combination. It wasn't in bad shape, it just wasn't to our standard, which is to be the best in state.
"We have to play good, basic football and play with good spirit. We need to do all of the little things right. Because the little things can become big things. This week of practice has been the best of the whole year so we think we will get the best results. We feel really good about where we are."
RADIO: KTRG 94.1 FM, 7 p.m. pregame.