The Mike & Mike show is once again being played out at Delaware Hayes High School this week.

The Mike & Mike show is once again being played out at Delaware Hayes High School this week.

The live extravaganza will air Friday at Buckeye Valley where coach Mike Marshalls Barons will play host to coach Mike Loparos Pacers in the opening game of the football season.

Behind the scenes, the coaches will try to keep a low profile at Hayes, where both are teachers.

"Theres a lot of hoopla about this game because of the fact we coach in the same building and I used to coach Hayes," said Marshall, whose team lost 37-8 last year when it finished 7-3. "But the truth of the matter is this is a big game for other reasons, not because I teach there. Its a rivalry, its the opener and the communities are closely aligned in many ways. Its a rivalry based on sharing a common border.

"When all the hype is done and the opening kickoff takes place at 7 p.m., its basically 11 kids versus 11 kids playing football. And most of those kids know one another through other sports, summer camps and what not."

However, that doesnt mean that Delaware doesnt put its players on double-secret probation the week the teams meet.

"When we come out with the scouting report on the Monday leading into this game, we make sure to warn the players to stay tight-lipped," said Loparo, whose team finished 6-4 last season in his second year as coach. "We tell them there should be no football-related talking in the hallways, classrooms or anywhere in school for that matter."

The coaches do trade videos of their scrimmages, just like they would in league play.

Marshall must have been impressed with what he saw.

"(Loparo) says this is the biggest offensive and defensive lines hes ever coached, which may be true, but (the Pacers) have much more than that," said Marshall, who is entering his seventh season at Buckeye Valley. "I think this could be their best team since we won the conference championship in 1996. Theyre stronger at receiver and running back and better defensively than the team I had then.

Theyre big and physical and very talented."

Loparo doesnt think Marshall picked up those impressions based on the Pacers scrimmages.

"I think thats coach-speak. Hes just being nice," Loparo said. "Weve shown some signs of life on offense, but its been more like window dressing. Were not churning out drives and moving the ball up and down the field the way I would like. I dont feel good about where were sitting because we have a lot of work to do to get better."

Although both teams dont want many players playing both ways, the Pacers have a slew of big linemen to rotate on the line of scrimmage.

Linemen who slated to see action in rotations are Dalton Hartley (6-foot-2, 287 pounds), Kyle Devillers (6-4, 325), Colton Christner (6-0, 290), Connor Wolfe (6-3, 250), Braxton Coleman (6-4, 240), Aaron Heber (6-1, 225), Troy Decker (6-3, 232), Zack Katona (6-2, 225), John Botti (5-11, 195) and Alex Rider (6-0, 190).

Buckeye Valley may be undersized, but has an advantage in quickness.

"I doubt if Ive ever coached a quicker line than our defensive line," Marshall said. "We need to use our strengths, which are our quickness and how hard our backs run."

Loparo is hoping that his linemen and first-year quarterback Josh Bender recognize the looks Buckeye Valley will present against their option offense. Hes hoping the checkoffs will allow running back Vidal OConnor to make some big plays.

"This isnt the Buckeye Valley team of the past," Loparo said. "Theyre going to line up in all sorts of looks and bring people from all angles to try to combat our size. Theyll probably stunt and stem on every down."

The Barons also have a first-year quarterback in Kevan Green and have weapons at running back with Scott Tatar and Juston Koss, along with wingback Mitchell Sansom, tight end Jack Grote and receivers Neil Dawson and Ethan Harsh.