Though the two high schools are separated by a just little more than 20 miles, the Waxahachie Indians and Dallas South Oak Cliff Golden Bears have met only once all-time on the gridiron.
It can be certain that Friday will be no repeat of the 12-0 SOC win during the 1953 season, too.
Both teams enter averaging more than 30 points a game, with the Indians holding a full-touchdown edge 39.3-32.5. Yet, each side goes about their offense in two entirely different ways.
The Indians lean heavily on the right arm of senior quarterback Bryse Salik. He enters having completed 194-of-279 passes for 2,744 yards and 29 touchdowns to just nine interceptions. Fellow senior Jerreth Sterns remains his far-and-away top target, as Sterns has team-highs in catches (54), yards (818) and receiving touchdowns (7).
The injured Tevin Wofford has 30 catches for 485 yards and four touchdowns, while Keshawn Anderson has hauled in 31 passes for 447 yards and five touchdowns.Jeffrey Alexander (25-278), Demani Richardson (10-240) and Kevin Green (19-174) each have three receiving touchdowns on the season.
Richardson has also come on as of late in the ground game. The 6-foot-2 junior has picked up 281 of his 397 rushing yards over the last four ballgames. He has five rushing touchdowns over that span, as well.
Richardson and Sterns are now tied atop the team's rushing chart with 397 yards, though the latter has 44 more carries and one less touchdown.
South Oak Cliff is the epitome of a run-first team.
Through 11 games, Golden Bear quarterback Sean Simms has completed 49-of-109 for 873 yards for five touchdowns and five interceptions.
They have, however, ran for 2,958 yards on 324 carries (9.1 YPC) for 37 touchdowns as a team. Five Gold Bears have amassed 250 rushing yards or more this season and all five average 8.3 yards per carry or more.
KC Cook (No. 20, Jr) leads the way with 777 yards on 81 carries, while Cedric Tatum (No. 4, Sr) has 657 yards on 69 rushes. Simms leads the team with 10 rushing touchdowns to go with his 434 yards on 52 totes.
Rodrell Moore (49-433) and Ricky Wren (30-266) round out the five-headed attack.
On defense, the Golden Bears are led by Derrion Clark (24 TFL, 17 sacks), Steven Parker (20 TFL, 12 sacks), Dequavion Ludd (19 TFL, 5.5 sacks), Davion Wheeler (15 TFL, 11 sacks) and Toney Mitchell (10 TFL).
Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 24 at Eagle Stadium in DeSoto. Waxahachie is the home team.