Grace Christian is a very good team, ranked No. 1 in the statewide football poll.
There are not a lot of weaknesses to exploit for the Rams, so Greenback coach Jason Hicks knows the focus has to be on doing everything right.
"We've been moving more toward trying to focus on us and playing to what we feel like our standard is," Hicks said. "I think that's even more important this week. I think that we're better off on focusing on us and playing as well as we can play."
Greenback will need to start better than they have over the last two weeks, which included a loss to Rockwood and, while a win, a performance that Hicks said was not the team's best against Harriman.
The coach challenged his team to up the intensity in practice Tuesday to try to remedy some of that.
"The goal would obviously be to get to the fourth quarter and it be a game, and go compete in the fourth quarter and see what we can do," Hicks said. "It's going to be a test. They're probably going to be the best team we've played all year. They've got athletes all over the field, they're good at what they do on offense and defense, so it's going to be a challenge."
Junior running back and safety, Jordan Anderson, said playing Grace always helps raise the level of intensity for the team.
"The practices that week are just a different feel," Anderson said. "You can tell we're playing a rival. Every week that we practice Grace you can just tell something is different.
The Cherokees should also get a boost from playing in front of their home crowd for the first time since late August.
"We're more excited than ever," Anderson said. "We've played five away games, they were all tough games. I think we're all kind of banged up and kind of just a little down, but I think this week is going to be a good week to help us get our momentum back going."
Hicks said some of the big focuses in practice have been tackling on the perimeter and blocking on the perimeter. He said if they do those two things the team should be able to give a good showing against the Rams.
Taking care of the football will also be vital in Friday's game, but Hicks said he is not concerned, giving a lot of credit for that to his quarterback, Samuel McCloud.
"Early in the year we struggled, especially in the preseason scrimmages," Hicks said. "We've taken care of a lot of that now I feel like. Samuel's done a great job of not taking chances. We don't ask Samuel to go out and win the game.
"He going to go out there and make plays," Hicks said, "he made plays against Gatlinburg-Pittman and he made two huge plays against Oneida. So we just ask him to go out there and run the offense, and if he does that he'll have his opportunities and his chances to make plays."
Temperatures are supposed to drop for the weekend, with lows in the 40s by Friday Hicks said the weather doesn't have him worried.
"I don't think it's going to get cold enough for that to matter," Hicks said. "I think the kids get more excited when it cools off. It's getting a little closer to the end of the season and if we take care of business that means the playoffs. It's an exciting time."
Greenback and Grace Christian will kick off at 7 p.m. Friday at Greenback School.