The Carthage Bulldogs won their season opener despite several early turnovers and a few other mistakes.
The Liberty-Eylau Leopards made some of those same mistakes but found themselves on the losing end of a 38-27 score to Arkansas High.
Both teams will be trying to clean up their acts when they meet Friday night in Bulldog Stadium.
Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m.
“Liberty-Eylau is always talented and this team is no different,” Carthage Head Coach Scott Surratt said. “These guys made a lot of mistakes against Arkansas High or I’m sure they would have won last week.”
Among the mistakes the Leopards made were losing a fumble inside their own 10-yard line; they had a punt blocked; and they fumbled away the opening kickoff.
Those were all turned into points by the Hogs as they held off a comeback attempt by the Leopards.
“They like to run from the spread and do a lot of RPO,” Surratt said of the Leopards’ offense. “They’ll run some two-back and give you a lot of different looks.
“They have a really talented running back, No. 25, who can fly, and No. 22 is their receiver who can really go.”
Damian Henderson leads the Leopards’ ground game after one week as he rushed for 126 yards on 20 carries, a pair of touchdowns and a two-point conversion pass. Wideout Korby White scored twice for Libery-Eylau on a pair of reverses of 19 and 32 yards.
“They’ll run a 4-2-5 defense and they’re strength is their speed,” Surratt said. “They run to the ball. They really, really run. They’ve got a couple of big defensive tackles who can move. And they’re starting safety (Shannon Roy) can really move.
“They’re linebackers all look real physical.”
Defensive back Se’maj Rose and defensive tackle Darrion Crabtree both had interceptions for the Leopards.
“We’ve got some advantages and they have some,” Surratt said. “It’s going to come down to execution. We had three turnovers last week and we have to cut those mistakes out. We just made some crazy mistakes, mistakes we normally don’t make.
“We need to come out and play well, play sharp, play with a lot of focus and a lot of intensity. If we can do that, we’ll be all right. We can’t come out flat, but I don’t think we will. We have a lot of seniors playing the first home game of their final season. I expect them to be ready.”
The Bulldogs are 28-point favorites according to the Harris Rating System.