Come Friday night, the Alto Yellow Jackets will be entering their game with a perfect 5-0 record.
"I think we can hang with them," said Carlisle senior Ven Goss. "We're trying to embrace the competition. Coming in as the underdogs is more of a motivation."
What Carlisle can also use as motivation is their almost perfect record this season at 5-1. Not only that, but the Indians are averaging 34 points per game, scoring over 50 points in two of their games.
"We have to step up our defense," said Alto senior Jyran Shaw. "We've been going hard in practice this week for defense and we're going to go into the game aware that they can score points to just like we can."
The Dave Campbell Texas high school football state rankings has the Yellow Jackets sitting at third. Alto has also proven to pack heat in their offense averaging 38 points per game and on paper, look to have the upper hand.
One advantage the Indians see is getting to play at their home field.
"I think being home will give us a little bit more of an advantage than what we're supposed to have," said Goss. "We're the underdogs so we got to do, what we got to do."
Alto doesn't see traveling as a concern. In fact, it has senior Tyarius Hackett excited.
"I'm not worried about playing there. I like playing away games because I like to upset the home team," said Hackett.
While it's clear both of the defenses will need to be able to hold each other's explosive offenses, sometimes it takes more than just tactics to win a game.
"I think it's going to come down to who wants it more, not just defense and offense," said junior Keenan Johnson. "It's going to be who plays the hardest for four quarters."
"They're going to get their points, they're good, and we can get our points to with our X factors," said senior Cainan Wimberly. "We're just going to have to see what defense holds up the best."
This game will be kicking off at 7:30 Friday night as Carlisle High School.