It is showtime for the six schools that comprise District 17-5A, with each team scheduled to open conference play on Friday evening.
Jacksonville's Fightin' Indians will hit the road to Corsicana Friday, Ennis will travel to Whitehouse and Nacogdoches will entertain Lindale.
Each game will get under way at 7:30 p.m.
Jacksonville (4-1) at Corsicana (2-3)
The Wayne Coleman-coached Tribe have the best non-conference record in the loop and have the momentum of having won their last three games.
The biggest question mark concerning the Indians is the strength of Jacksonville's non-district schedule.
Tribe opponents have a combined to produce a feeble 7-23 overall record.
One thing that is certain concerning Jacksonville is the quality of the team's defense. The Indians have held their opponents to a total of 87 points (tops in the district) in non-conference play.
Corsicana is 2-0 at Tiger Stadium this year.
The Tigers' rivals have posted a 12-15 composite record.
Perhaps Corsicana's most significant win came on Sept. 22 when the Tigers beat Marshall, 22-19.
Corsicana's defense has allowed 28 points a game this season. By comparison, Jacksonville defenders are surrendering average of 17.5 points a game.
Regardless of the outcome of the game, the Jacksonville crew should get an indication of how they stack up in the circuit after Friday night, with Corsicana being a projected playoff team out of the conference.
Ennis (2-3) at Whitehouse (3-2)
The high-octane Ennis offense — the Lions are averaging a district-best 35.6 points a game — should really put the Whitehouse defense to the test Friday. Ennis is averaging 257 yards rushing per game, 6.9 yards per carry.
The Lions won their final two non-conference affairs before enjoying a bye week last Friday, along with the rest of the schools in the loop.
Ennis nuked one-win Dallas Kimbell 82-7 on Sept. 22, with the Lions' highlight victory having been over Del Valle (17-13) on Sept. 29.
Whitehouse has given up more points (128) than it has scored (116) and is 1-1 at home this fall.
The Wildcat's most notable win came on Sept. 7 when the 'Cats downed an improved Chapel Hill outfit, 29-14, in the Battle of Lake Tyler.
Whitehouse will have to figure out a way to stop Ennis' ground attack to have a shot at winning this week.
Lindale (3-2) at Nacogdoches (1-4)
Don't write Nacogdoches off just yet.
The Dragons have played Kilgore, Gilmer and Class 6A Lufkin in non-conference play. The Dragons' non-district rivals have a combined record of 17-12.
Nacogdoches' lone win came over Hallsville (31-14).
Dragon defense has given up an average of 37.2 points per game in non-conference play, which is the most of any team in the circuit.
Lindale has experienced success in the first month of the season and will carry a two-game winning streak into Friday's game.
The Eagles' key win came over a 2-3 Forney team on Sept. 8. Lindale flogged Forney 30-17 in that game.
Lindale has scored 116 points and has given up 104 points.
A loss by the Dragons Friday could really compromise the team's chances at making the playoffs.