But things are different in Clay County this year and the Corning Bobcats are battling just to keep enough healthy players on the roster in order to field a team for the rest of the season.
However, it probably wouldn't have made much difference if the Bobcats had numbers in the high 90s, instead of numbers in the mid-teens, standing on their home sideline Oct. 2.
The visiting Cave City Cavemen were just too loaded and just too talented and routed Corning 41-0, spoiling the Bobcats' homecoming festivities.
The Cavemen rolled up 320 yards of offense, while holding the Bobcats to less than 50 yards of offense in the game.
The ever-dangerous Cavemen improved on their best start in the young history of their football program, moving to 5-0 overall, 2-0 in 3-3A Conference play. The loss keeps Corning winless on the year.
The Cavemen put this game away early and midway into the second quarter, Cave City's starters were relaxing on the sideline.
Corning tried an ill-fated onsides kick to open the game, but Cave City recovered the ball at midfield.
Four plays later, Tyler Engleman ripped off a 20-yard TD run for the Cavemen. Engleman racked up 75 yards rushing on just six carries. William Boyd kicked the first of his four PATs on the night and Cave City led 7-0.
Cave City's defense, which is the real deal this year, held Corning to just two first downs in the first half and one of those came via a 15-yard penalty on the Cavemen.
Corning tried to convert a fourth-and-3 on its first possession, but Dillon Sallas dropped Corning quarterback Jake Arnold for a loss.
One snap later, Cave City quarterback Dillon Carpenter hit Tyler Poulette with a beautiful 50-yard touchdown pass to give the Cavemen a two-touchdown lead with 5:45 left in the first quarter.
Corning fumbled the ball on its next possession and Poulette recovered it for the Cavemen.
One snap later, Jeremy Johnson blasted his way through the Bobcat defense for a 33-yard TD with 4:44 still left in the first.
With less than two minutes left in the first, Cave City made it 28-zip with a 51-yard TD sprint from Poulette. Poulette racked up 66 yards rushing on just three carries in the game.
Midway into the second quarter, Joseph Curtis shot his way into the end zone from 13 yards out to extend Cave City's advantage to 35-0.
Cave City's final score came with 7:23 left until the half. Deep in their own territory, the Bobcats coughed up the football and Thamail Morgan scooped the loose ball off the turf and ran it back 17 yards for the last touchdown of the night, sealing Cave City's big 41-0 shutout of Corning.