At halftime of last year's battle between Macon and Brookfield, the host Bulldogs held a 7-0 lead, and appeared to have a grip on the game.
The Tigers would come back in the second half, scoring two touchdowns to steal the game from the Bulldogs 12-7.
This season, both teams return a large number of players from the 2012 squad, including some veterans.
Macon QB Craig Smith returned for his senior season; as did Brookfield QB J.J. Abongo. The big difference is that Abongo will not be the QB for the 2013 matchup.
Brookfield, under the command of Coach Nile Thudium, will have junior quarterback Anthony Cupp calling the plays against Macon Friday night.
Abongo will still be in the game, only he will line up as a running back. With his strong build (5' 10", 184 lb.), he will bring a ton of speed to the game.
Two additional runners will be in the backfield with Abongo. Senior Garrett Zahner (5' 7", 136 lb.) and sophomore Reed McBroom (5' 11", 198 lb.) will bring more strength and speed to the Bulldog offense.
Cupp will have two wide-receivers to throw to. Senior Cort Speichinger (5' 9", 160 lb.) and Tucker Noble (5' 9", 163 lb. SO) will have to the tough Macon defenders.
On the front line, the Bulldogs will bring some height and weight to protect Cupp. Senior Zach McConkey (6' 3", 203 lb.) will return to lead the line. Junior Dexter Carmichael (5' 9", 298 lb.) looks to open up some holes for his runners.
On defense, McConkey will be a leader at the line, along with senior Brycen Corf (6' 2", 203 lb.).
Abongo, Zahner, Cupp and Speichinger will line up at the defensive back position.
Senior Zach Bragg (5' 7", 148 lb.) will bring some leadership to the linebacker position, along with McBroom and junior Dean Gall (5' 7", 147 lb.).
Brookfield faced off against the struggling Mark Twain Tigers to start their 2013 schedule. The Bulldogs would have little trouble, as they dispatched the Tigers 35-0.
In week two, Brookfield traveled north to Ewing to battle the Highland Cougars. The Bulldogs would have some trouble, but would pull out a close 17-14 win.
Week three brought the latest edition of the Bell Game, in which Brookfield knocked off Marceline 16-14. Week four brought a roadtrip to Monroe City for Brookfield, and the Bulldogs would edge the Panthers 9-6.
Week five pitted the Bulldogs against the tough Centralia Panthers. The 'Dogs would drop their first game of the season, by the score of 21-9.
Week six sent Brookfield to Shelbina, and they would come away with a narrow 14-8 win over South Shelby.
Week seven brought the unbeated Palmyra Panthers to Burlington Field, and Palmyra would roll over Brookfield 35-7.
The annual matchup between Macon and Brookfield is always tough. It should be no different this time.