Brookfield will have a test on its hands Friday night in Palmyra, a team who has not lost since the opening week of the season at Macon.

The Panthers have not played in a one-score game yet this season.

"Obviously, they're pretty solid with what they do, especially their defense," Brookfield coach Scott Stevens said. "They haven't allowed more than 20 points in a game, and that was week one with Macon. This is one of the best defenses we'll face, and it's probably the best linebacking crew we'll see all year.

"Offensively, we're definitely improving every week. To be successful this week, we definitely have to be balanced. If they're going to make us throw the football, we have to be able to throw the football. If we start relying too heavily on the pass and they sniff it, we have to run the football. I think to be a great offense, you have to have the ability to do that."

Brookfield sits in the cellar of District 8, and a win could potentially vault the Bulldogs as high as fourth in the standings. Lafayette County, Lathrop, and Lexington are the only three teams in the district with winning records, and 2-5 Bishop LeBlond holds the fourth position and faces a stout Lafayette team on Friday. Trenton, Lawson, and Carrollton, the three other teams Brookfield could catch in one fell swoop, all play 1-6 teams, not helping their cause in the strength-of-schedule department.

If Brookfield can pull off the upset in Palmyra on Friday, expect the final regular season matchup against Clark County to have greater ramifications than perhaps expected.