The Hawkins Hawks can commiserate with the Beckville Bearcats.
Just like the Bearcats, the Hawks turned the ball over four times in a loss last week.
As a result, both teams come into Friday night non-district schedule with an 0-2 record and are still looking for win No. 1 in the 2019 season.
Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. in Hawkins.
“If we can execute the way we did in the second half last week (no turnovers, allowing one TD), I think we’ll be all right,” Beckville Head Coach Cody Ross said. “They’re a lot like West Sabine in that they’ll try to run it at you all night. It’ll be a challenge to be physical and play physical all night long.
“Their tailback and their quarterback are two of their best.”
Kayden Upchurch is the running back, and he rushed for 134 yards and three touchdowns on runs of 10, 2 and 6 yards last week.
Junior Zach Conde is the quarterback for the Hawks, but he was picked off twice last week.
Lineman Matthew Ivy gives the Hawks some size up front to help with the running game.
The real size up front is on the defensive line in Ibory “Teddy” Taylor at 6-0, 335. The Hawks are hoping he can add to the 44 tackles he had last season.
Linebackers J.D. McGowen and Jeramy Torres, along with defensive back Paeton Smith round out the defense.
“Defensively it’s going to be similar to what everybody else has done against us — an odd-man front with high safeties,” said Ross. “They’ll try to bring big pressure just like we’ve seen the first two weeks.”
Ryan Harris leads the Bearcats on offense both in rushing and passing. He has 265 yards on 9-20-1 passing and two touchdowns. He has also run for 172 yards and two scores and has caught a touchdown pass.
Milo Morrison has 96 yards and two scores; Evan Allen has 22 yards rushing and has caught three passes for 48 yards; Landon Dixon has two catches for 66 yards and a score; Carlos Campos has two for 89 and a 54-yard TD; and Abra Hairgrove has two catches for 49 yards.
Colter Klingler leads the defense with 22 tackles, two tackles for loss and a sack; while Morrison has 14 stops, two sacks and three tackles for loss; Kaylin Turner had 14 stops and three tackles for loss; Arron Jones has 13 tackles; and Elijah Ramsey has an interception.
“For us, just taking care of the football is the big thing,” Ross said. “I think we can move the ball on anyone.
“If we take care of the football, take care of our business and keep getting better, we’re going to get where we want to be and start getting wins.”
Beckville is a 14-point favorite according to the Harris Rating System.