FOXWORTH, MS (WDAM) - If you walk into West Marion head coach Brad Duncan's office you'll see a stack of five footballs, representing the five out of last seven years the Trojans have won the Marion County Championship. They're looking to add to that hardware in 2016.
"We talk about our goals all the time," Duncan said. "Number one goal is we want to get better every day. Our number two goal is we want to win a county championship. Those footballs you see right there, those autographed footballs, that's from our county championship teams. Our third goal is to win a district championship. Then of course is to win a state championship."
Those aren't too lofty of goals for a team that has made the South State Championship two out of the last three years.
Last year, West Marion's quest for a South State Title came down to one play at the 12-yard line with nine seconds left. The Trojans would lose by four points to Collins for the second time that season in what Duncan called "one of the most heartbreaking games I've ever been a part of."
But West Marion just worried about undefeated Tylertown at the present. If the Trojans beat the Chiefs by ten points or more, they secure the No. 1 seed in region 8-3A. If they win by five to nine points, they earn the No. 2 seed. If they win by one to four points or lose, the Trojans' will be the No. 3 seed.
"This has a lot of implications to it, it really does," Duncan said. "It kind of gets complicated if you sit there and try to - but let's just go play football. Whatever happens, happens. All we know to do is to just keep working hard, keep working hard and get as far as we can go each time."
Like all season, West Marion will rely on quarterback Adrian Miller and receiver Damien Johnson to score some points. Miller has thrown for 31 touchdowns and rushed for ten more while Johnson has 70 catches for over 1,000 yards and 15 touchdowns.
But there's even more on the line for the Trojans than just playoff seeding Friday night.
"We look for a big crowd tomorrow night," Duncan said. "We have a 19-game winning streak at home. That's a long time."