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Ask any champion in any sport, individual or team - New England Patriots, Alabama football, Michael Phelps, Floyd Mayweather Jr. - they'll probably all tell you that it's much easier being the hunter as opposed to the hunted.

Once you reach the top of the mountain, everyone wants a piece of you. You'll get every opponent's best shot. You're no longer just another face in the crowd. No longer just another contender. The crown's on your head. The belt's around your waist. The bullseye's on your back.

For the first time ever, Christian Academy-Louisville is about to find out what that feels like. The reigning 2A champs begin their quest for another title this coming Friday night on their home turf against the 8th ranked team in the BGP class 5A rankings, the South Oldham Dragons.

No one can accuse CAL of easing their way into the 2017 season. Understand this... the Dragons are no pushover. Coach Jamie Reed has quietly built a perennial top 10 5A program in Crestwood. South Oldham is coming off their most successful season ever - 12 wins and a state semifinal birth.

QB Drew Zaubi - with an offer from Morehead State - returns after a strong Junior campaign to lead a Dragons offense that will look to breathe fire on it's opponents this year. RB/SB Payden George, FB Keaton Martin, and WRs Drake Silcox and Ja'Martez Beaudoin will try to help their QB stretch CAL's defense and put points on the board.

Centurions Coach Stefan Lefors will counter with the considerable talents of, among others, QB Austin Carr, OL/DL Nick Olsofka, and of course WR/DB/KR Milton Wright - arguably the most coveted recruit in Kentucky. The ultra-talented Wright will command South Oldham's full attention in all three phases of the game.

A key battle in deciding the outcome of this game will be South Oldham's OL vs. the DL of CAL. Zaubi no longer has the protection of 6'6", 290 lb Graham Ashkettle, who has moved on to the collegiate ranks at Eastern Kentucky University. Conversely, the Centurions must find a pass rush to offset the loss of current Minnesota Golden Gopher Jacob Paulson, a dominating presence on a championship defense a year ago.

What will be the outcome in this clash of top 10 teams? Will CAL get off to a strong start in it's pursuit of another championship, or will South Oldham nab what might be the biggest win in school history and, in the process, announce itself as a major title contender in 5A?

*I'll be doing a weekly "Game of the Week" thread for 2A this season. I will select a marquee game involving at least one team from this class and provide a small, but more in depth preview. This is my first. Enjoy.*