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Fayetteville 2-1 after winless 2012 season

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Meadow Bridge and Fayetteville square off Friday getting our Game of the Week honors. The Wildcats escaped the Pirates by a hair last year, winning 8-6.

If you look at this stats of the 2013 Pirates you never would have thought they had a winless season a year ago. They are 2-1 now, and have already proven this years team is ready to rumble.

"Well we've won 2 more than what we won last year but our kids have been playing well here the last couple of week," said Fayetteville head coach Frank Spangler.

Despite an early loss to the 2012 state champion Wahama, the Pirates have been rolling. They've outscored their opponents 113-6 in the last 2 games.

Coach Spangler contributes their success to senior leadership.

"You need to have good seniors to have a good football program and every year we look for seniors to lead us and they're doing a good job so far this year."

One of those senior stars is Tasheem Saunders who's already racked up 339 yards rushing in his last year as a Pirate. But, the competition heats up Friday when they face an undefeated Meadow Bridge squad.

"They beat us the past 3 years and we want to go down there and show them what we can do," said Saunders.

The Wildcats have been fierce thus far and one stand out player is Jake Parker who contributed 829 rushing yards with 12 touchdowns. But, he's not all the Pirates are worried about.

"They have a good tailback, Jake Parker. But, they also have 10 other kids playing as well so we aren't just worried about Jake Parker we are worried about the whole Meadow Bridge football team, I think it will be a good football game," said Spangler.

Saunders knows exactly what the Pirates need to do to keep W's coming. "Just come out here every day and work hard, if you work hard, big things will happen" said the senior.

With both teams high on the run game and strong defensively, this match up will certainly be one to watch.

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