It's a night Sioux Falls kids and coaches look forward to all summer long where they can hit the high school gridiron in front of a big crowd against a big rival.
"In these games, both sides are packed. Even though there's a lot of people in the crowd that maybe aren't cheering for you, they're cheering and they're making noise. Something is going on all the time. That's just an atmosphere you don't get every week and nobody in South Dakota gets it like we do," Nelson said.
O'Gorman and Lincoln start things off at 4 p.m. The Knights are a perfect 4-0 against the Patriots in Presidents Bowl games. O'G will be moving forward without injured quarterback Tanner Schulte. Last week, the team rushed for 379 yards against Rapid City Stevens behind a brand new offensive line.
"That's going to be the key this year. If that group really comes along, I think we're going to be a team you're going to have to watch," Kueter said.
As for the Pats, they dismantled a decent Rapid City Central crew last Friday on their way to 55 points. Caden Quintanilla ran for 167 yards and three touchdowns, but Lincoln isn't a one man show with Connor Burchill under center.
"You know they were taking away Caden a little bit. Then we were able to get the ball to Dylan Bartow and Trevor Naasz. All of a sudden the run game opens up because you can't take care of all of them," Beavers said.
Defending champ Washington struggled the most on offense in the first week managing just 19 points and 171 yards of total offense. But with many youngsters filling key roles, new head coach Chad Stadem thinks improvement is on its way as the Warriors get set to face No. 1 Roosevelt.
"I already saw the improvement starting to come, especially on the offensive side where I work. I can see that the kids, now they know they have a direction. When kids get goals and they understand their goals and what they need to get done you can accomplish a lot more," Stadem said.
While the Washington defense is stout, so is Rosie's. The Rough Riders shutout Brandon Valley last Saturday and set up several scoring opportunites for their offense led by a pretty special quarterback.
"Taryn Christion is a good weapon to have. He rushed for 60 or 70 yards and he threw for 170 and he just makes things happen. If I don't know what to do I just usually say I'm going to run the ball with him," Nelson said.