The George County Rebels will have a little momentum on their side when they invade A.L. May Memorial Stadium at 7 p.m. Friday.
The team (1-4 overall, 1-0 4-5A) is coming off a 43-0 pasting of Long Beach, its first win of the season.
The Tomcats (2-3, 1-0 4-5A) will have a little momentum of their own after having handed East Central a 42-21 defeat last week.
"They shut out Long Beach and that's going to do a lot to help them," said Tomcats Coach Adam Stone. "They're big and they're physical and they'll come ready to play."
Stone is not looking past anybody as his team gets into the heart of divisional play.
""We're tied at 1-0 in the We want to win as many as we can as fast as we can and get ourselves in the playoffs," he said. "We don't want to have to wait on somebody else letting us in through the back door."
The Tomcats defense proved it could hold off a tough offense as it bent but never really broke against an East Central team with a powerful running attack.
Conversely, the Stone offense should've built a ton of confidence from the ease with which it rolled over the Hornets last week.
Getting wins early in the division schedule could go a long way toward convincing the Tomcats they can compete with the powerhouses like Pascagoula and Picayune they'll meet late in the season.