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GIBSON CITY - It doesn’t get much better than this.

Two rival schools with undefeated records, set to play each other for homecoming week.

GCMS (4-0) hosts PBL (4-0) on Friday for the final homecoming game between the two. Next year, they will play in week one, after four years of being each other's homecoming opponent.

The meeting should be especially big for the seniors, who have experienced three straight years of winning or losing the game by less than a touchdown.

“Each year there’s a lot of talk,” Falcon coach Mike Allen said. “With both teams being 4-0, they know it’s going to be a big crowd, but we told them one game doesn’t make or break our season. Our goal, no matter who we play, is to be better at the end of the game. And that’s our goal this Friday night is to be a better team at the end of the game.”

One common trait between the two crews is a two-headed running game.

For GCMS, senior duo Nick Meunier and Key-Shawn Girkin make quite the tandem, while PBL’s Matt Poll and Paul Bigham should be tough to tackle.

“We’ve seen one good running back but not two in our first four games,” Allen said. “We have to shut that down. Those two guys are outstanding running backs, and we have to make sure we stop them.”

Poll should carry the bulk of the load, while Bigham should spell Poll every few plays.

For GCMS, the third head of the running game in power running back Mitch McNutt may or may not be present, as the sophomore’s return from injury is still unknown at this point.

“We know it’s going to be a dog fight,” Allen said. “They’re a bigger school than we are, and we understand that. They have bigger guys than we do, but our kids are ready. They’re ready for the challenge, and they know it’s going to be a tough game. We’re going to have to execute very well to be able to win this game.”

Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.


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