A win by Dublin on the high school football gridiron tonight would give the school its first 3-0 start to a season since 1999, and only its second since 1983.

After being tabbed as a cellar-dweller by Dave Campbell's Texas Football Magazine, the Lions have roared out of their cage to a 2-0 start this fall. The Lions travel to Eastland tonight to put their unblemished record on the line.

“They're very scrappy, Dublin Head Coach Dwayne Ross said of the Eastland Mavericks. “They always play us tough, and we know we'll get their best shot.

Eastland is winless entering the battle, falling to Class A power Albany in the opener before a 27-8 loss to Jacksboro last week.

“They've got a few kids with good size, and some with a lot of talent, Ross said. “They have just made too many mistakes.

From scouting the Mavericks on film, Ross expects the Dublin defense to be facing a much different style of offense than what Godley challenged the Lions with last week. Eastland bases out of a power formation, with a tight end and wing up front with an I-formation in the backfield.

“There's no secrets to what they do, Ross said. “They want to line-up and run over you.

By basing out of a 3-4 defense, the Lions aren't planning to make too many adjustments to the power running attack. Ross said Dublin can simply walk an outside linebacker up on the line when necessary to match-up to the number of players Eastland places right at the point of attack.

When Dublin has the ball, Ross expects the Lions to see EHS lined-up in a five-man front, and hopes that the continuation of a balanced attack will expose the weak areas in the defense that can be taken advantage of.

The Lions blanked Eastland last year, 17-0. Kickoff tonight is set for 7:30 p.m.

Brad Keith is the sports editor at the Empire Tribune. He can be reached at (254) 965-3124, ext. 241, or by e-mail at brad.keith@empiretribune.com