This Friday night's Touchdown Live Game of the Week, will take place in Mount Carmel, as the Golden Aces play host to the Jasper Wildcats.
Darren Peach's Mount Carmel squad hasn't gotten off to a great start in 2015, but the Aces snapped a 3-game losing streak this past Friday, with a 42-13 victory at Washington. They'll be looking for a little bit of revenge following last year's ugly loss to the Wildcats, a 47-0 defeat at Jasper.
As for Tony Ahrens' Wildcats, they're 5-1 on the season so far and going for their 3rd-consecutive victory, since losing at Heritage Hills in early November.
Jasper has plenty of motivation as well, entering this Big 8 rivalry matchup. The Wildcats perfect regular season was broken up by a loss to the Golden Aces two years ago, before Jasper marched to a Class 4A sectional championship victory.
The Wildcats are the lone team in the Big Eight, with an unbeaten record in conference play. They sit just ahead of upstarts from Boonville and Princeton at the top of the standings.
Speaking of Princeton, the Tigers are the lone opponent that both Jasper and Mount Carmel have faced this season. Just last week, the Wildcats beat the Tigers in Jasper, 33-18. The Golden Aces meanwhile, fell to Princeton on the road, 37-30.
I think this game will be closer than most people expect. The Wildcats will come out on top, but the atmosphere at the Snake Pit will be an advantage for the Aces, and they'll make a game out of it.
Prediction: Jasper- 38, Mt. Carmel- 30