For the Beckville Bearcats football team — the No. 9-ranked team in Class 2A Division I — the message is simple this week.

Take care of business and go into your bye week prepared for the stretch run.

That’s exactly what the Bearcats are looking to do as they welcome Linden-Kildare for a District 9-2A Division I game this Friday. Kickoff at R.C. Beauchamp Stadium is set for 7:30 p.m.

The Bearcats have a different theme each week, and this week’s is #goals.

“It’s to continue to focus on ourselves,” Beckville Coach Cody Ross said. “Make sure we take care of business and get better at the things we need to get better at. Remember those goals and if we can win Friday night and win the last two then we’ll achieve our second goal, which is winning a district championship.”

Beckville (7-0 overall, 3-0 9-2A D-I) comes into the game off a 63-0 shutout victory at Union Grove last week.

Through three district games, the Bearcats have outscored their opponents by a combined score of 174-40.

Beckville isn’t down playing Linden-Kildare, who comes into the game 1-4 overall and 1-1 in district play.

The Tigers come into the game off a bye week and the week prior picked up their first win of the season, defeating Union Grove 34-27.

“On any given week any team can play well,” Ross said. “Any time you have a team such as ourselves that are playing well and ranked high, teams want to come in and get a piece of that. We are going to get Linden-Kildare’s best shot and we got to remember what our goal is and hopefully go out Friday and take care of business.”

The Tigers run a Veer offense and run it out of a pro set, according to Ross.

“They are a better football team than we saw last week and they are going to play hard,” Ross said. “Coach (Kyle) Freeman is doing a good job with those guys and they have some size upfront. From what I’ve seen on film, they play extremely hard so I expect nothing but the best when they come down here on Friday.”

Following Beckville’s bye week, the Bearcats will visit Big Sandy on Oct. 29 and host Frankston in both teams’ regular season finale.

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