"Anytime we play at Joe Sawyer Field we have a little extra edge, plus it's our homecoming game, so that will add to the excitement," Smolder said. "We're excited about the opportunity, especially with Scott being ranked No. 1. That's a spot what we hope to attain someday, to be at the top of AA.
"It will be a big test for us. Scott's a very good football team and they're a big double-A school based on size. I've got a lot of respect for what Scott's accomplished in recent years. They've had a successful program and we're excited about the opportunity to play them in such a big game."
Griffith expects to see a game that features a bruising rushing attack from both sides.
The key for the Skyhawks will be controlling bruising tailback Trent Stowers, who enters the contest with 261 rushing yards and three scores.
"Offensively they're going to feature the Stowers kid," said Griffith. "You have to acknowledge where he's at on every play because he's such a physical, athletic kid."
Senior fullback Jarrett Mowrer is also a capable ball carrier for the Indians.
Griffith expects his own offense to play a key role in controlling the Indians' ground game.
"We'll need to turn the game over to the line of scrimmage. Step 1 of stopping Sissonville's offense is simply not letting them on the field. Time of possession and number the plays will be key this week," he said.
"You have to limit their touches. We need to execute and drive the football and maintain possession. Everybody knows what we do. We line those guys up and we're iso heavy because we're just confident in not only their ability, but their experience up front."
For the second-year coach and the Indians, the key to the game will be controlling the Skyhawks' ground attack while limiting its own mistakes.
"We have to play great defense and take care of the football," said Smolder. "Scott is huge up front and we respect that, but there's no way we're going to come out and let them intimidate us. We're going to come out and play hard, and play smart. We're excited about the opportunity."
Kickoff is at 7:30 p.m.