(August 29, 2013) -- If you're looking for a game to see how good you are heading into the season, you found it. A year ago Mart beat Teague by a point at Mart.
"They were new, they were in the infant stage in coach Johnson's system. They're a much better football team this year," said Mart head coach Rusty Nail. "This year we're hoping we can keep it to a one point game, they're really talented."
"We did get better throughout the year and 8 and 4 is a decent year but it's not good enough for us anymore. We want to go 15 and 0, that's our mission," said Teague head coach Daniel Johnson. "We're seeking the perfect game and the perfect practice right now, so. Mart's a chance for us to get better that first game and that's what we're looking for."
"We've learned from a lot of games, not only this one. But this one means more, it's the first game of the season," said Teague linebacker Roper Hunt. "If you don't win the first one you can't win them all."
As the Lions look to better 2012 in Johnson's second season, the expectations are always high at Mart. The Panthers know as 1-A's preseason number one they have a target on them no matter who they play.
There's a lot of expectations from us this week. Teague says it's supposed to be the Super Bowl of the year," said Mart linebacker Jonathan Headen. "Really looking forward to having this game on our shoulders. We're really excited for it."
A measuring stick for both schools, each having a bigger goal in mind at the end of the season.
"It'll show us a lot, but, the rankings don't mean nothing and we play how we play," said Mart linebacker and receiver Bryan Scott.
"It's a measuring game to see how we rank ourselves," said Teague quarterback Austin Skinner. "I think we're ready, I think our team knows we're ready and we're just ready to see what we can do."