Coaches at Smyrna and La Vergne won't have to worry about motivating their teams this week as the Bulldogs’ and Wolverines’ rivalry resumes with plenty on the line.
La Vergne could have clinched a playoff spot last week but was upset at home by McGavock, but a win this week could go a long way in the Wolverines making the postseason.
Smyrna, despite a 38-0 non-region loss at Ravenwood last week, can still earn a No. 2 seed in the playoffs with a win at La Vergne this week and a win against Stewarts Creek the following week.
"It's a game that is special every year," Smyrna coach Matt Williams said. "We have in our locker room painted on the walls the results of every game between them and us.
"Our kids won't need any motivation this year. They grew up with them and playing with them. They've got a really good football team and we'll have to come out ready to play and be well prepared."
Despite the crushing loss to McGavock, the Wolverines still control their playoff destiny.
"It's a big game and you've got to play with emotion but keep your emotions in check," La Vergne offensive coordinator Mike Woodard said. "It's a good rivalry and not the cheap stuff. It's a respectable rivalry. Based on our performance last week, if we have four turnovers again we're not going to win.
"If we miss 12 tackles in the first quarter, we're probably not going to win. We've got to fix those things. They're very sound and well coached. We have to be patient. Offensively we have to take care of the ball, and we need to stop the run and try to make the one dimensional."
Also in Region 3, Stewarts Creek can stay in the hunt for a No. 2 seed and home playoff game when it plays host to Overton.
Oakland can wrap up a No. 1 playoff seed in Region 3 with a win at Coffee County, while Blackman can sew up the No. 2 seed and home playoff game with a win at home against Siegel.
In other Region 3 games, Rockvale travels to Cookeville and Riverdale hosts Warren County in a game that features two teams which are 3-2 in the region.
In other games involving Rutherford County teams, MTCS hosts Mt. Juliet Christian in a region game, while Eagleville plays a non-region game at Mt. Pleasant.