Few matchups especially those that take place during the regular season can match the magnitude of the nine-man football showdown between Howard and Hanson on Friday night.

Both programs enter the final week before the postseason begins unblemished and in position for a top seed in the playoffs. The winner will also claim the Cornbelt Conference title and the bragging rights that go along with it.

The hosts of Friday night's contest, the Beavers come in with ample confidence having knocked off 9AA challengers Chester Area and Canistota/Freeman in back-to-back weeks. Howard enters off a seven-point win over Class 9AA foe Garretson, its fourth victory over an opponent from the higher class this season.

Neither team looks ready to concede its hopes of a perfect season, but one must fall before starting its playoff push.

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Kickoff between Howard (7-0) and Hanson (7-0) is scheduled for 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 15, in Alexandria.

This is the eighth high school football game the Mitchell Republic will feature on livestream this season.

Week 0: Hanson (24) at Parkston (16)

Week 1: Sioux Valley (30) at Woonsocket/Wessington Springs/Sanborn Central (14)

Week 2: Vermillion (28) at Chamberlain (6)

Week 3: Tripp-Delmont/Armour/Andes Central Dakota Christian (0) at Mount Vernon/Plankinton (50)

Week 4: Colman-Egan (0) at Platte-Geddes (52)

Week 5: Bridgewater-Emery/Ethan (26) at McCook Central/Montrose (24)

Week 6: Kimball/White Lake (7) at Parkston (35)