The Loboes enter this week's match-up at number two in Class 2A Div. II according to Harris Ratings. The Bulldogs are in the same spot one classification lower, the same classification where they won the state title a year ago.
That means the Bulldogs will be a tough test for the Loboes.
"I think anytime you play a team as quality as Stamford, your kids are going to practice better. They're going to have a more focused week, which is we need. We need our kids to be focused, and to get better every single day. If you don't get better every single day in preperation for Stamford, you're not going to win the game," said head coach Brent West.
Last year, the Loboes fell to the Bulldogs in a close 25-20 game in Stamford. This year with star running back Mason Reed and a strong senior class returning, the Loboes hope to reverse the outcome in Cisco.
"They're really fast. We're going to have to really scramble to the ball. We're going to have to work hard to get off our blocks. We've got really good linemen, they're really good at getting around the guys. We're going to have to hit hard, be physical just like coach West always says to us," said running back Mason Reed.
"What they bring to us is going to do both teams a lot of good going into district play. They are the type of team that's going to spread it out, and make you tackle in space. We need to see that in order to get ourselves ready for district play," said West.
The Loboes and Bulldogs kick-off at 7:30 on Friday night in Cisco in the final non-district game for both teams.