The Eagles and Indians enter tonight's game with a similar goal.

Get their first win of the season.

Madison Southern Jon Clark knows that will weigh heavily on both teams as they take the field in Richmond tonight.

"Everyone's fighting for our first win. We know that we are going to get their best game and I hope they get our best game," Clark said. "It will come down to who wants it more."

The Indians (0-2) have won four-straight games in the series and are 7-2 all-time against the Eagles.

Southern's last win against Central was in 2014.

"Since I've been here we haven't defeated Central," Southern quarterback Tobias Storm said. "This year is going to be different. We obviously want to get our first win, but we also want to take the county back. Tomorrow is going to be a big game for both of us. Our first game of the season we weren't ready. Last week, we didn't capitalize. Tomorrow, if we get ahead we can't let up."

Southern has already shown it will battle to the last minute.

The Eagles fought hard last week and led by as much as three touchdowns against Southwestern, but eventually fell in overtime, 35-34.

"We played hard. We just made some stupid mistakes. When we went back and watched the film, I was pleased with a lot of what we did. You wipe away a couple of calls that didn't go our way and a couple of late game errors -- it's a different outcome for us," Clark said of last week's loss.

Last week, the Eagles had 173 rushing yards but gave up 182 yards on the ground to the Warriors.

Through the air, quarterback Tobias Storm was 6-of-7 for 118 yards and two touchdowns.

Jayshaun Etheridge had a touchdown and two receptions for 60 yards, along with two fumble recoveries.

Walt Smith had three receptions for 48 yards and a touchdown.

AJ Jones was the Eagles' leading rusher with seven attempts for 109 yards and two touchdowns.

Cameron Holbrook had a rushing touchdown and 10 attempts for 37 yards.

Clark said the Eagles and the Indians face similar growing pains this year with starting lineup's featuring a host of underclassman.

"With freshman and sophomores it's always going to take a while to gain experience, but our team is learning fast and that bodes well for us," the coach explained.

Clark said the team has found a spark in what he calls The Big Three -- sophomores Etheridge, Jones and Smith.

"Our sophomore class is talented and they are growing, those three have really started to settle into their roles," Clark said.

However, the coach admits Central is not without it's talented underclassmen as well.

"The sophomore class for both teams is full of talent," Clark said. "They have Edgren Sweat, who is good on defense, and Central is always good on defense."

The coach said the Eagles will also face some of the Indians' more experienced players such as junior running back Joe Burton.

"He was at Farristown until he moved. For a while, we thought he was going to be a quarterback for us one day. He's a good player," Clark said.

The Eagles will also have experience on their side as Southern's defense continues to strengthen.

"I think we have a lot of experience in the right positions. Broc Parmer is a dynamic player and barely leaves the field and is really starting to get it. Brayden Carson is coming along for us as well. We also have Dane Jackson who will be making he 41st start in high school football. He has started every game here since he's been in high school. It's impressive," Clark explained.

The coach said both team's will be eager to claim victory in a game that always carries a competitive atmosphere.

"I think we are ready," Clark said.

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