CHARLOTTE -- It is the Tigers and Tarpons under the lights Friday night. Palmetto has won two straight in the series with Charlotte, and 10th year head coach, Dave Marino is well aware of what they are capable of. 

“They’re hungry, it is district championship week, they are ready and we are going to be ready as well,” Marino said. 

A .705 winning percentage for Binky Waldrop and the Tarpons, in year number 21 leading the program.

“You watch film over and over again, and it is hard to find weaknesses in their schemes. They are a solid football team. We have to go out and play a great game to have a chance,” Waldrop said.

Palmetto stole headlines earlier this week when the FHSAA dubbed them the number one team in the state according to their ratings index.

“We are still acting like we are underdogs in every game and that is what keeps us striving. It is a great honor,” Xavier Williams said.

Undefeated at 6-0, averaging 34 points a game, but still staying humble.

“We know those guys are hungry, and well coached up, so we just have to be on top of our game and do what we do every Friday night,” Williams said.

How does this weeks rankings affect the Charlotte locker room?

“It absolutely adds fuel, we have to know we are coming in and playing a football game. This game we are playing this week is going to be a game, and we have to be ready to go every single play. Every single kid on this team has that in their mind and they are fired up," Malakai Menzer said.

7:30 p.m kickoff from the fish bowl Friday night.

“I am ready to see what our team can do against the number on ranked team in the state,” Menzer said.