Once again it's another historic match-up on the gridiron for high school football ''Friday Night Light's" as they the hometown Hope Bobcats make the short trip into Curley Wolf Country to battle longtime rivals Prescott to conclude non-conference schedule action before conference play kicks off.

Once again it's another historic match-up on the gridiron for high school football ''Friday Night Light's" as they the hometown Hope Bobcats make the short trip into Curley Wolf Country to battle longtime rivals Prescott to conclude non-conference schedule action before conference play kicks off. 

The Bobcats continue to search for their first win since the 2015 season, but for their arch-rivals' Curley Wolves remain as one of the top-ranked teams in the state for Class 3A. 

These two teams have a long history of sharing wins against each other for many decades, but the Curley Wolves have been the victors over Hope for the last two meetings. This Friday night, the Bobcats make their traditional travel to Cummins Stadium to face Prescott on Eddie Jackson Field to renew rivalry battle for 2018. Kickoff 7 p.m.

The Bobcats are coming off another tough loss from last week falling to Ashdown Panthers 49-14 at home. The Cats make several sparks of playmaking for positives input against Ashdown. Hope produced 157 yards receiving with 12 receptions and 74 yards rushing on the ground in their running attack to account two touchdowns scores.

Defensively, Hope totaled for 55 team tackles with an interception and fumble recovery. Head coach Phillip Turner was pleased by the improvement made against Ashdown with observing positive playing from performance on both ends offensively and defensively. Coach Turner continues to keep preaching to the Cats effort, but knows more improvement will have to be executed when facing a talented and polished ranked Prescott Curley Wolves football team.

"I've taken over back the offense with nothing against Coach Means [Offensive Coordinator]. I've implemented my stuff along with Coach Means and the kids are making it work. Prescott's a good team and big upfront. We've got to be aggressive. They've got a quarterback [Ryan Johnson] who can run with ball and beat you with quickness. He's a duel threat kid. They have running backs [ that are aggressive and a stud receiver [Cameron Cox]," Turner said.

Defensively, the will have to be efficient in their defense to obtain Prescott's quarterback and their running attack according to Turner. In Hope's first two ball games, Nashville and Ashdown were able to execute their offense well on the ground and Turner knows Prescott will aim for that same approach for their execution. 

"Coach [Tommy] Poole and [Brian] Glass does a real good job with their kids. Defensively, we're getting better and the kids are learning how to play their position. The effort is there, just have to polish up on some things," Turner said.

Prescott has one of the best offensive lines in the state for Class 3A. It's one of their major factors they're able to have production running the ball. With a Division-I prospect quarterback and a talented receiver makes them very dangerous to defense. Coach Turner feels this will be a challenge for his Cats as Hope looks to utilize their weapons to battle push the Bobcats be effective against Prescott.

Turner is proud of the Bobcats' work ethic thus far and this game against a talented championship caliber football team of the Curley Wolves will be a productive tune-up contest before starting 5A South Conference play next week. Although the Cats are still looking for their first win in a while, Turner just looks for effort and progression with a healthy team to start into league play.

"The kids are working their butt's off and the coaches. We know in the long run success will be there if we can keep the kids to buy into we're doing. The wins will come. I just pray to the lord we'll be healthy going into our first conference game against De Queen," Turner said.

Coach Turner wasn't pleased by the production of special teams last week, but are making progress to be ready for an intense brawl tonight in their first road game of the season against a unbeaten Prescott team 2-0 overall in their longtime historic rival game for 2018.