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Homestead-Snider on sectional horizon

Both Snider and Homestead anticipate playing at the top of their games in two weeks in the sectional opener showdown between the two 8-0 teams.

"We have played better each week," Snider coach Kurt Tippmann said. "That's our goal every year, and we have improved every week. I feel good about our team in that we have been able to address things we are not so good at. We still have ways to go. But we are playing pretty well right now and coming off some big wins."

Homestead will benefit from getting healthier, including receiver Isaac Griffith (an Indiana University recruit) and running back Grayson Bastin. Both key cogs to the Spartans' high-flying offense sat out last week's 20-7 win over Norwell.

"We are getting healthier," Homestead coach Chad Zolman said. "These injuries have been nagging things. They are just hard to shake unless you rest them, so that's what we have tried to do. We feel like we will be healthier this week than we have been for the last few weeks, so that's good. Come tournament time, if we can stay healthy we will be in good shape."

High School Sports Editor Greg Jones on prep sports.