Bradford (1-3, 0-2 SEC) vs. Tremper (2-2, 0-2 SEC)
When: 7 tonight
Where: Bradford Stadium
Broadcast: WLIP-AM 1050 and wlip.com; WGTD Live on Facebook
Series notes: The rivals first met in 1964, and Tremper holds a 35-21-1 all-time lead in the series. ... Bradford has gained significant ground in recent years, however, winning 12 of the teams’ last 15 meetings, including victories in their only three postseason matchups in 2007 (21-13), 2009 (56-20) and 2010 (28-14). ... Bradford won 51-10 last season at Ameche Field in Week 5, outgaining Tremper, 557-115.
Bradford player to watch: Junior defensive back Sayge Terrell returned from an injury in the Red Devils’ 28-7 Week 4 loss to Oak Creek and recorded 11 tackles and his second interception of the season.
Tremper player to watch: Tremper coach Jared McGranahan didn’t want to focus on one player but rather on his offensive and defensive lines as a whole. ... “The game will be decided in the trenches,” he said. “Whoever wins the battle up front on both sides of the ball will win the game.”
Key stats: Turnovers have been a problem for Bradford, as the Red Devils have thrown five interceptions and lost five fumbles this season. ... Oak Creek returned an interception and a blocked punt for scores against Bradford in Week 4. ... In two non-conference wins, Tremper gained 742 total yards. In two SEC losses, the Trojans have gained just 249, including 31 in their Week 4 loss to Racine Horlick.
FYI: If either team is to make a push at getting to four wins in the SEC and gaining automatic postseason eligibility, it has to begin tonight. ... Each team is seeking its first SEC win, as the Red Devils have been outscored 69-15 by Horlick and Oak Creek, while Tremper has been outscored 91-13 by Indian Trail and Horlick. ... Both teams’ schedules lighten up a bit down the stretch run, so tonight is a pivotal swing game.