MANATEE -- Getting together for the first time in 7 years. Coaches Curt Bradley, and Josh Smithers are excited for the opportunity.

“Two of the top five programs in the area, so excited to get this match-up done and have it home for sure,” Bradley said. “I know our guys are excited to play a local team that is one of the best teams in Manatee county,” Smithers said.

Riverview pitted against Braden River. The Rams fell to Naples by a single point last Friday.

“As long as we can play a clean game we can compete with Braden River. “We’ve got to find a way to make another play,” Smithers said.

Electrifying offensive weapon, Michael Poodah Hayes racked up 140 yards, and in the process found the end zone three times.

“Poodah had three big runs in a span of three minutes to put us back on top," Smithers said.

For Ram Nation, what's done is done and it is onto Braden River.

“Those coaches are great coaches. And we know that they are going to have their players prepared, and they are going to have a great scheme against us, it should be a great challenge,” Smithers said.

Like Riverview, the Pirates also carry a 0-1 record into Friday’s match-up.

“First game of the season, with some young players out there we just didn’t get the job done. No excuses to be made go out there and execute tomorrow night,” Bradley said. 

BR couldn’t kick the offense into gear against Largo last week, falling 7-2, finding the scoreboard thanks to a safety.

“Nobody really knows what they have week one, we found out that we have a lot of kids that will lay it on the line and fight for four quarters regardless of circumstance,” Bradley said.