Mistakes, or the lack thereof, could be the key to victory or loss Friday as the Panthers of Brookhaven invade A.L. May Memorial Stadium.
Brookhaven sports the same 3-4 overall record as the Tomcats but are one game up in the regional standings with a 2-2 mark.
"They're always athletic and they've usually got tremendous speed," Tomcats coach Adam Stone said. "We're going to have to bring our A-game if we want to win."
In comparison with Stone, the Panthers have beat Wingfield and lost to McComb and West Jones.
Brookhaven did, however, take a 35-28 victory over Pearl, a team which handed the Tomcats a 33-6 loss two weeks ago.
"They are a good, sound football team," Stone said.
One problem for the Tomcats will likely be senior defensive end Jaboree Poole, a member of the Jackson Clarion-Ledger Dandy Dozen.
The Tomcats, who have struggled to produce offense at times, will have to find an answer for Poole, who averages more than eight tackles-per-game.
Senior quarterback Zach Smith averages 137 yards-per-game passing and has thrown for seven touchdowns and been intercepted four times.
Senior running back Justin Blue is averaging 102 yards-per-game and has scored eight touchdowns.
"We're going to have to eliminate mistakes on our side and capitalize on any mistakes they make," Stone said.
Game time is 7 p.m.