The Hermiston Bulldogs are licking their wounds after a 34-10 loss to Chiawana last week, but Friday is a new day.
Hermiston (4-2) will host Eisenhower (Yakima) in a nonleague game at Kennison Field.
Eisenhower has won two games in a row, coming into the game off a 20-13 win over Moses Lake.
“It’s homecoming, anything can happen,” Hermiston quarterback Andrew James said.
The game will feature the top running back in the Mid-Columbia Conference in Hermiston’s Wyatt Noland, and the top back in the Big Nine Conference in Damien Pacheco.
Noland has run for 924 yards and 13 touchdowns, while Pacheco has 845 yards and nine touchdowns for the Cadets (3-3 overall, 1-2 Big Nine).
Noland, a 6-foot-1, 195-pound senior, was held to 82 yards last week, but he is healthy going into Friday night, and said he is ready to get back to work.
A 5-7, 155-pound senior, Pacheco ran for 300 yards and five touchdowns in Eisenhower’s 42-28 win over Stadium in their season opener. Since then, he has been averaging 109 yards per game.
Defensively, the Cadets allow 349 yards and 23.6 points per game.