The last time Mount Greylock and Drury played there was as much on the table as there could be for a midseason matchup.
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The Mounties were playing to tie Berkshire County's longest unbeaten streak in history. The Blue Devils were playing to keep that from happening. That's off the table now.
"That does kind of help," Drury's Brandon Koprowski said. "But regardless, if they're 1-0 or 27-0, we're just going to go out there and play like it's the last game of the season."
In its place is a Greylock team trying earn a spot in the county championship game, while Drury searches for consistency and an upset to get it back in the conversation.
The talk, so far, for the Mounties has been its Week 3 loss to Hoosac Valley.
Senior tight end Robby Buffis called the setback a "wake-up call." An expensive one, at that, which could cost the Mounties a shot at winning their fourth consecutive Berkshire County Championship.
With that in mind, it places more of a premium on this week's game. Win and Mount Greylock figures to keep pace with Hoosac Valley and Wahconah, which square off on Saturday at 6 p.m. Lose and Mount Greylock puts its chances on life support.
After that, Saturday's game is an old cross-town rivalry that seldom disappoints.
We "got to be perfect. No mistakes," Drury's Nate VanSteemburg said. "We really got to hustle this week. And our line has to hold our blocks. We need to run hard and we can win this week."
For Greylock, much of the Mounties' success is inextricably tied to running back Daivon Clement's health. The senior has rushed for more than 476 yards this year, but his status was in question until late in the week, until he was cleared by a doctor after suffering a rib contusion in last week's game against Pittsfield. Clement was held out of Thursday's practice as a precaution and ran laps around the field instead of getting reps with the first-team offense. He said he'll be ready for Saturday's game and would have played even if he wasn't cleared, against a doctor's order.
"As long as we play well, we'll be fine," Clement said. "That's our biggest factor, focus."
Added Buffis: "It would be a letdown for us and for other people" if we're not in the Berkshire County Championship. First, the Mounties must take care of Drury.
The Blue Devils have quite a bit riding on this game, too. They finished the 2011 season with a .500 mark and were 3-7 last season. Sitting at 2-2, they have a chance to finally climb above .500.
To do that, they'll need a more consistent game than they've been able to put together through the first half of the week.
"I think defense is going to be the key this weekend," Kareen Beckett said. "But like I said, we're working hard. It's definitely going to be defense."