FAUCETT, Mo. — It’s a Battle of Buchanan on tonight as the Mid-Buchanan Dragons host the East Buchanan Bulldogs in a KCI rivalry matchup.

The Bulldogs (3-2) travel to Faucett to compete against the Dragons (4-1) in a game of revenge.

“I’m ready to go. Ready to take back what’s ours. Ready to keep rolling,” East Buchanan senior running back and middle linebacker Owen Fortney said

Last season, Mid-Buchanan beat East Buchanan in the Class 1 District 7 Semifinal, 42-20, for the first time since 2009.

“Everybody from East Buch thinks it was a fluke that we beat them last year. I think they’re wrong because East Buch obviously thought they had the better team, but we worked harder and beat them out of districts,” Mid-Buchanan junior running back T.J. Runyan said.

East Buchanan head coach Kevin Bryan added, “We thought we should have played a lot better in the district game last year. They outplayed us. They played better than we did and they deserved to go on. Hopefully we can improve on that performance.”

Weather got the best of the two teams last week as Mid-Buchanan shut out Hamilton with a score of 35-0 in a weather-shortened contest.

“I hope to bring the same thing. I hope my O-line does as good as they did last week. They did an excellent job blocking,” Runyan said.

Meanwhile, East Buchanan topped Plattsburg 36-7 in a matchup resumed on the following day. Now, the Bulldogs head into tonight’s contest with a chip on their shoulders.

East Buchanan senior quarterback Tucker White said, “It’s a big rivalry. Whatever sport we’re in we always want to win.”

“It’s always a feud between the two schools. Neither of us like each other. It’s always a fun game, a physical game to play against them. So, I can’t wait to see what happens Friday,” Fortney said.

The Dragons head into the district matchup prepared for the Bulldogs’ formations, size and physicality.

“They always got some really good athletes. They’re always somehow tall, so they’re going to be kind of tough to stop,” Mid-Buchanan junior quarterback Javan Noyes said.

“They’re going to have their kids well prepared and we know we’re going to play a very competitive football game. We’re going to have to come out and play really well and do the right things because they spread you out,” Mid-Buchanan head coach Aaron Fritz said.

Fortney added on the other end, Mid-Buchanan won’t be an easy battle.

“They’re quick, they’re fast. We need to be able to be more explosive and run to the ball because Javan is a tough guy. It’s going to be one team effort to bring him down,” Fortney said.

Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. at Mid-Buchanan.

“It’s going to be a great atmosphere. I think there will be a good crowd. Hopefully we come out ready to fight and compete because I know East Buch is going to,” Fritz said.

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