The Beckville Bearcats have come close to picking up wins twice so far this season.

They are definitely hoping that this week’s match-up will be the charm.

The Bearcats will be home for the third straight week as they entertain the Maud Cardinals in a 7:30 p.m. Homecoming Game Friday night.

The Cardinals, like the Bearcats, come into the game 0-2. But they have been beaten 57-34 and 35-16. Beckville has lost by two and three points.

“Last week we wanted to cut down on penalties and turnovers,” Beckville Head Coach Cody Ross said. “We went from 12 penalties in our first game to two last week. We went from three turnovers to one turnover and we got one back. We have to keep getting better and have a game where we win the turnover battle.

“We’re headed in the right direction.”

The Cardinals, like the Bearcats, come into the game 0-2. But they have been beaten 57-34 and 35-16. Beckville has lost by two and three points.

“They’ve got a very young team,” Ross said. “They’ve only got one senior on the team. They’re in the second year of their program and coming along. They’re big. They have a tight end/H-back who is 6-6, 260 and can play. Their quarterback is pretty good, too.

“They like to throw the ball and they throw it a lot. “We’re definitely going to see a lot more passing than we did the last two weeks.”

Briley Barron is the Cardinals tight end and also plays defensive end. He should play a big part in the Cardinals rebuilt offensive line.

Cason Lamb is the quarterback, who missed last season with an injury, while Tucker Sanders is a two-year starter at running back and had 1,100 yards last season.

Linebacker Dawson Daffern returns to lead the defense after finishing with 46 tackles last year. He and Barron, along with Grayson Smith and Evan Acosta, who started as freshmen last year, are the top players on defense.

Milo Morrison leads the Bearcats in rushing with 158 yards, while quarterback Ryan Harris has 127 and freshman J’Koby Williams has 123 yards.

Harris is 7-17-3 passing for 76 yards and a touchdown. Williams tops the receiving list with six catches for 77 yards.

On defense, Harris is coming off an 18 tackle night, while Bo Hammons has 18 tackles. Jeremiah Steph has 16 stops, Williams has 10 tackles and two interceptions and Keyon Lewis has a pair of sacks.

“We have to keep getting better at what we’re doing,” Ross said. “We need to eliminate the mistakes and cause some turnovers.We also have to put more points on the board. We’re getting there.”

The Bearcats are 38-point favorites according to Harris Rating System.