The Silver Creek-Forestville Black Knights are in search of their first win of the season while the Gowanda Panthers are riding high after winning their first game since 2010 last week.
The two teams square off tonight at 7 p.m. at Silver Creek.
The Black Knights are trying to avoid an 0-3 start as it would clearly be a steep mountain to climb out of the bottom of the division.
"I think it's pretty big," Silver Creek-Forestville coach Sean Helmer said. "Our program needs a win. We have had some tough weeks. The want to believe and are doing everything we have asked. We need a win for them."
Not helping is the fact the Black Knights played Fredonia and Salamanca - the heavy favorites in Class C South - the first two weeks.
While Fredonia and Salamanca were teams based on speed, the Panthers are more of a power team.
This weekend's High School Football Schedule
Pioneer at Dunkirk
Salamanca at Fredonia
Gowanda at Silver Creek
MG/CL at Cass. Valley
Pine Valley at Panama
"They are a good football team," Helmer said. "They have some momentum right now. They are anxious to play. They are a run-heavy team. They are real physical. We have our work cut out for us. They are more Pro-I team. More aggressive defense than we have seen."
The 0-2 start for Silver Creek-Forestville is similar to last year as the team opened the season with a 1-3 start before sneaking into the playoffs.
What's not similar is the attitude this year's Black Knights possess.
"We weren't a very good football team in the beginning," Helmer recalled. "We got down on ourselves way too fast. It's hard to win games. It's a battle. I feel like these kids understand and believe this year. We have plenty of athletic potential on this team to score points. We would like to think we will start scoring some points."
Helping Silver Creek-Forestville this week is the fact it is slowly starting to get healthy, following all the injuries in its Week 1 loss to Fredonia. Also, the reserve players have been getting more snaps in practice and are more comfortable as starters.
"I think we are more prepared each week," Helmer said. "It's just a matter of determining what puts us in the best situation to win. We have had to make some adjustments and find who is healthy enough to play."
As for who must step up for a Black Knights victory, Helmer noted all 11 guys on both sides of the ball, especially the offensive line.
"I'd like to see if we can control the line of scrimmage and finish drives," he said. "We can't have three guys carry us. We need 11."
During halftime, the first class of the Black Knights Hall of Fame will be inducted.