There may not be many passes flying through the air tonight in Booneville.

But that doesn't mean the two quarterbacks leading their respective teams don't have big-time talent.

Booneville quarterback Brandon Ulmer and Clarksville signal caller Nicholas Buckner are two of the better runners in their respective leagues. But don't sleep on their arms, either.

"Ulmer can throw the ball really well," Clarksville coach Khris Buckner said. "I think if Booneville didn't do what they've done for the last 30 or 40 years, you could plug Ulmer into a spread offensive scheme and he would still stand out."

Clarksville and Booneville open the 2018 season today at Doug Scheel Field at Bearcat Stadium at 7 p.m.

Ulmer's senior-laden Bearcats open the 2018 season against a Panthers' team that, on paper, at least, appeared to be better than last year's 1-9 record.

"They were in a lot of games last year," Booneville coach Scott Hyatt said. "They can move the football. Offensively, they're a very good football team."

Like Booneville, the Panthers' attack starts with Nicholas Buckner's ability to run his dad's single wing offensive scheme.

"With that offense, he gets a lot of carries," Hyatt said. "It's a lot of misdirection. He (Buckner) sees the field well, and when he has to throw it he'll throw it."

Both Ulmer and Buckner missed significant time a year ago.

But both are healed and ready to go. Hyatt said the Bearcats, whose roster stands at 38, are as healthy as they'll ever be.

They're ready to see someone else for a chance. Last week, Booneville was only able to get in two quarters of their August scrimmage due to lightning delays in Russellville.

"I think the kids are excited and ready to hit somebody other than themselves," Hyatt said. "They (Clarksville) have a big offensive line and the quarterback runs the offense well. I'm sure it'll be a physical ball game."

Clarksville put up 21 quick points in a scrimmage with Atkins. Buckner said he played his starting offense just two series.

Nicholas Buckner was sharp, both on the ground and in the air.

"He's put on 20 pounds since last year," his dad, Khris, said. "He's been in the weight room, and hopefully that helps him."

Ulmer didn't throw many passes last season, but still threw for 810 yards and nine touchdowns — a high amount for the run-oriented Bearcats.

"Being a Division I athlete (baseball), he's got a live arm," Buckner said. "That's why they're so good; it's hard to take away everything.

"When they do throw it, you get a lot of one-on-one coverage, and the (Ethan) Dobbs kid can go get it."