The Battle of North Crawford County is set as the Pirates head to Mountainburg for the 2018 debut of the Dragons.

Mountainburg has won the last three meetings after Cedarville won the previous three (2012-14).

The Dragons feature Austin Taylor, who rushed for 923 yards last season.

“We know Austin Taylor is fast and they want to showcase his speed,” said Cedarville coach Max Washausen.

The Pirates opened their season last week with a 50-0 rout of Class 2A Johnson County Westside. Cedarville had six different backs run with the ball in the first half as the team accrued 329 yards on the ground and finished with 453 yards for the game.

“Cedarville is a very good football team,” said Mountainburg coach Tom Harrell. “It has a big, physical line and outstanding skill players.”

“I think our bunch will be ready to play,” Harrell said. “We need to eliminate all of the usual early-season mistakes.”

Cedarville had just three penalties in its season opener. Two were on defense during the same drive, which allowed Johnson County to eventually reach the Pirate 10. A couple of incomplete passes gave Cedarville the ball back with 1:34 remaining in the third quarter as the clock was kept running.

The Pirates had its only turnover on their next drive but got the ball back after Johnson County was unable to get the first down in four tries.

Seven plays later the Pirates put their final TD on the board to lead 50-0. It was the largest margin of victory since defeating Two Rivers 54-6 back in 2016.

The win also snapped a three-game loss string for the Pirates’ first contest of the season.

“The Pirates are hungry and ready,” said Washausen. “Good things will happen if we continue to improve and play at the level we have the previous two weeks.”

Last season, Mountainburg defeated Cedarville 26-12 at Glen Wisely Field.