Familiar confines and Homecoming festivities may help as the Eagles look to regroup after a tough loss when they open up district play against Collins tonight in Berea.
After back-to-back wins, Madison Southern fell short in expanding their win streak in their first true road game of the season last Friday against former rival Pulaski County.
The Eagles (2-3) fought valiantly but were hampered in the second half by a tough Maroons defense in a 56-34 loss in Somerset.
Southern had 156 yards through the air and 240 on the ground in the high-scoring match-up, but allowed Pulaski County to rack up a blistering 382 passing yards.
Southern quarterback Tobias Storm was 7-of-11 for 156 yards and two touchdowns and had one rushing touchdown.
Adrian Jones was the Eagles top rusher with 154 yards and two touchdowns, while Walt Smith led the receivers with five catches for 121 yards and two touchdowns.
The Eagles uptick in offense in the past few weeks bodes well against a team that has struggled so far this season in the red zone.
Last time the teams met was in Southern’s season opener in 2017, in which the Eagles fell 38-7.
Collins (1-4) comes into tonight’s game fresh off a 31-23 loss to Eastern last week in which the Titans only netted 155 yards — 61 rushing and 94 passing.
In the loss to the Eagles, Collin’s defense allowed 201 rushing yards and 128 passing yards.
Titan’s quarterback Joe Lucas threw 13-of-28 with two interceptions and touchdown. Jacoby Evans was Collins leading rusher with 51 yards and a touchdown.
DJ Webb led the defense with 12 tackles.
Game time is set for 7:30 p.m.