Tonight, it's a battle between two ranked teams as the Winona Senior High School football team hosts Mankato West.
Today's game has major implications in the Big Southeast-Blue district. The last two seasons, the Winona and Mankato West game has been played in the final week of the season both times, and has been the designated district championship game, which both ended in losses for Winona.
The Winhawks hope to get over the hump this time, as this game comes in Week 4, and their only two regular season losses in the past two seasons have come at the hands of the Scarlets. They were handled 42-19 in 2015 and lost a heart-wrenching 42-39 in 2016.
In last year's season finale, WSHS QB Riley Bosteter hit Logan Smith on a 19-yard touchdown pass to bring the Winhawks within three in the final minutes. But Mankato West jumped on the onside kick attempt and ran out the clock.
The Winhawks have just as much firepower with quarterback Riley Bosteter and and receivers Dakota Matthees and Logan Smith, and a strong running attack. They have scored 50, 41 and 41 in their first three contests.
Kickoff for the big Homecoming game is tonight at 7:00 at Paul Giel Field.