"We have a little history with them," said South Panola linebacker Marvin Burdette. "The last time we lost a game was back in the 8th grade and it was to Tupelo. We have had some good games with them.
"We know they are more of a passing team, so we are going to have to buckle down on that and keep everything in front of us."
On offense Tupelo is lead by Quarterback Chris Garrett and wide receiver Chad Bumphis, both Dandy Dozen selections. Kentucky commitment Justin Bean is also a weapon in the Wave's arsenal.
Burdette looks forward to playing against the talented trio and he feel he has something to prove.
"The way I look at it is if they are Dandy Dozen it's my turn to make them look bad," said Marvin. "I feel like I am an underrated player, so I have to make a name for myself."
The hard hitting linebacker is having the best season of his career, but oddly enough college recruiters have been in rather short supply.
"I am not really getting much interest right now," reported Burdette. "I have a 3.7 GPA, I am registered with the NCAA clearinghouse and I have a 17 on the ACT. I am good to go.
"I think I am handling everything pretty well. My mama always tells me that good things come to those who wait."
Marvin believes he can take his winning attitude and his winning ways to the college level and be successful. He is simply looking for his chance.
"I know it's not all about football, but I just want to play," said Burdette. "I want to get my education and I want to keep playing."