GUNTER, TX - Whitesboro and Gunter will both take the field Friday night as 2017 district champions, but both are far more focused on getting a big win early on in 2018.
"There is no other feeling like it. I would not want to be anywhere else on a Friday night," said Gunter senior wide receiver Dylan Jantz.
"They have a great football team and going against them is going to better us and them as well," said Whitesboro senior quarterback Scout Sanders.
"It is a big game for us, it is still preseason, but it means a lot to beat Gunter," said Whitesboro senior wide receiver Noah Greisen.
Every Gunter vs Whitesboro game is a huge one for both programs, the 2018 edition ups the talent pool to a whole new level.
"Gunter is a great football team and for us to go up against them for us to go up against them for, I don't know how many years in a row, it is always a challenge going up there," said Sanders.
"They are always extremely well coached and they play really hard and disciplined. This year, I think since we have been playing them this might be their best football team. I mean they have got talent all over the field," said Gunter head coach Jake Fieszel.
"We want to see where we are and if we are any good and Gunter is for sure going to test that," said Whitesboro head coach Eddie Gill.
District play does not start for Gunter and Whitesboro for another couple weeks, but the intensity will be just as high Friday night.
"We just have to go out there and do our thing, show out on defense and offense and bring it to them," said Greisen.
"They are a very good football team and I am excited to see what we can do with them. They are a very good matchup for us. If we do us and we know how we can play, I am expecting for us to come out with a win," said Jantz.