The combined Milford-Dorchester football team has set its sights on a 7-win regular season.
Down the road, Wilber-Clatonia (8-0) -- the No. 5 football team in Class C-1 -- stands in the way.
Wilber is one of only three undefeated teams in Class C1. The Wolverines are thinking championship at Memorial Stadium come November.
But the MHS-DHS has evolved into a force. In the Eagles last four games, they have beat their opponents (Fairbury, Lincoln Christian, Raymond Central and Lincoln Lutheran) by a combined total of 180-24. Raymond Central was a contender at the time of their 33-12 loss to MHS-DHS.
Friday's game will be played at Milford, so MHS-DHS will have the home field advantage. This year's Eagles squad boasts seven Dorchester players.
The last four contests have demonstrated that MHS-DHS can play with most of Class C-1's top 10 teams, although the Lincoln news media and area pundits are predicting Wilber-Clatonia will get an easy win.
MHS-DHS Head Coach Marty Hingst, with a lifetime record of 244-148-2, has his team finely tuned as he enters the final contest of the regular season.
The MHS-DHS team is in its third season as a cooperative in football in Class C-1, which offers a more competitive brand of football.
Regardless of Friday's outcome, DHS-MHS will make the state playoffs for the third straight year in the program's young history.