Friday night's showdown between Seton-LaSalle and South Fayette at South Fayette Stadium will pit teams that won the past four Century Conference championships against each other.
Both teams are entering play with 4-0 records and looking for the inside track to hoisting another conference championship banner in the hallways of their respective schools.
"I think after the past five or six years you will see this is one of the games that both teams look forward to," Seton-LaSalle coach Greg Perry said. "If you go back and look at history, it is us or them who wins the conference [title] and this looks like it is another one of those years.
"It is a nice high school football rivalry. It is two good football teams playing a game. We know someone is going to win and someone is going to lose. We respect what they do and I'm sure if you ask coach [Joe] Rossi, he will tell you that they respect what we do. Some year's they are on top and some year's we are on top. That's what makes it a rivalry."
The Rebels are fresh off a strong 28-7 come-from-behind victory against a good Steel Valley team but they know no opponent on their schedule will be tougher than the Lions on Friday.
On South Fayette's side, Rossi knows he won't need any extra motivation to get his players amped for the game.
"It always seems to be a good game," Rossi said. "It is a good rivalry. Every time we meet, it is a fun game to play in. It is definitely tough and it is fun. It is a nice week not to have to motivate the kids because the rivalry motivates them."
South Fayette will enter the game with the No. 1 scoring offense in the WPIAL, scorching opposing defenses for 216 points on the season. No other team in any classification has eclipsed the 200-point plateau to this point.
The Lions offense is led by junior quarterback Brett Brumbaugh and senior tailback Grant Fetchet.
"What makes us tough is that we have a balanced attack on offense," Rossi said. "We will have to see how the flow of the game is to see if we are going to run or pass more, but it is nice to have the option of both."
Last week in their 74-7 shellacking of Burgettstown, Brumbaugh threw for 127 yards while completing 7 of 9 passes and threw for four touchdowns. Fetchet is the Lions' workhorse and proved it last week rushing for 101 yards and a score.
"We have to recognize that Fetchet is running the ball well," Perry said. "As he goes, they go. We are aware of what he does and we are going to try and stop him. Sometime that is easier said than done.
"Brumbaugh has some really good wide receivers, especially Justin Watson and he is the guy whom Brett is looking to go to. They have a nice one-two punch with their receiving corps and their running corps."
It will be a tough task for the veteran Rebels defense. Seton-LaSalle is returning nine starters on the defensive side of the ball, including many seniors who helped lead this team to a conference championship two years ago as sophomores.
The Rebels and Lions are two of the top defenses in Class AA, allowing 26 and 28 points, respectively.
Even with the talent on defense, Perry and Rossi expect both teams to be able to put up points and both know the significance of hanging on to the ball.
"I think both teams are going to score points," Perry said. "I wouldn't be surprised that whoever has the ball last may win the game.
"If you turn the ball over against a good team, it is going to be hard to win. You have to limit the turnovers."
"I expect a good hard-fought football game," Rossi said. "Tyler [Perone] throws the ball well and [Denzel] McKinley Lewis seems to be there go-to guy. He has had some deep balls.
"They have some firepower on offense."
Seton-LaSalle is one of a handful of teams that doesn't have a home field at its school, so the Rebels don't see going into a road game with this much magnitude as a disadvantage.
"[Playing on the road] doesn't really affect us" Perry said. "We don't make anything of it. Wherever you go to play, you go to play. I don't think it gives us a disadvantage."
Over the years the Rebels and Lions have built a friendly rivalry with both teams winning in the regular season and playoffs, but all of that could come to an end after this year with South Fayette probably moving up to Class AAA.
"They are going to move up to Triple-A, so this could be the last year [of the rivalry]," Perry said. "They were only three kids shy [of playing in Class AAA for the present two-year cycle] and they are building more schools.
"It is good that you have a conference game where neither team is dominant and now you lose that and that is what is bad about [South Fayette moving up]."
• Game: Seton-LaSalle (4-0, 4-0) vs. South Fayette (4-0, 4-0).
• When: 7:30 p.m. Friday.
• Where: South Fayette Stadium.
• Skinny: At stake is the lead in the Class AA Century Conference ... and bragging rights.