Momentum before the start of district play is always a welcome sight.

Momentum before the start of district play is always a welcome sight.

Ringling and Marietta are hoping to get a little of it as they meet up in a week three contest.

At 7:30 p.m. tonight at McLain Stadium in Marietta the Indians and the Blue Devils will reacquaint themselves with one another, as the Blue Devils look for a two-game winning streak, while the Indians look for their first win of the season.

This will also mark the first home game of the year for Marietta, who was scheduled to host Healdton earlier this season, but the game was moved to Plainview due to construction issues with the new bleachers.

Ringling enters this contest with a 1-1 record, after defeating the Dickson Comets last week at Rick Gandy Memorial Stadium.

With district play on the horizon next week, Blue Devils head coach Phil Koons has specific things in mind he wants his team to improve on against Marietta. 

“This is the last pre-district game, and we want to show improvement in our running game for sure,” Koons said. “If we can get that phase of our offense working and eliminate the big plays on defense, we will be moving in the right direction.”

“We played better last week (against Dickson) than we did in week one (against Mangum),” Koons added. 

“We know this game will be a test for us going up against Marietta.  They have good size, and they are well-coached, and have had similar issues that we have in that we both have plenty of new faces. Their coach is new and he will have them well-prepared for us.”

As for Marietta, they won’t just be looking to earn their first win (0-2), but look to score their first points of the season.

The Indians were shutout in their first game against the Healdton Bulldogs 12-0, before losing on the road last week against Elmore City-Pernell 27-0.

Despite the offensive struggles by the Indians this season, they have managed to produce their fair share of turnovers. The fact isn’t lost on coach Koons.

 “So much of the game will likely be decided on who turns the ball over or who doesn’t turn the ball over,” Koons said.  “We still have some work to do along our offensive line with our blocking schemes. We need to be able to run the football a bit more effectively, because that is a key to our offense running the way we want it to run.”

Marietta will open district play next week against Comanche, while Ringling opens district play against Walters at home to begin the defense of the district title.