The Westland High School football team will travel to Mifflin on Friday, Sept. 5, for the second of three non-league games on its schedule.
Westland, which finished 1-9 last season, opened Aug. 29 at home against Eastmoor Academy. The Cougars will play host to Delaware on Sept. 12 before beginning OCC-Central play Sept. 19 at home against Marysville.
Westland lost to Mifflin 24-0 last year and trails the all-time series 3-2.
In last year's matchup, the Cougars trailed 6-0 late in the second quarter, only to see the Punchers score two touchdowns in the final two minutes of the first half to take an 18-0 lead into halftime.
"We're hoping to close that gap and reverse that," first-year coach Kyle Goebbel said.
Mifflin, which opened Aug. 29 against Licking Heights, went 5-5 overall and 4-3 in the City League-North last season.
Key players for the Punchers include junior quarterback D'Anthony Williams (6-foot-1, 186 pounds), senior running back Montrese Frazier (6-0, 175) and senior wide receiver Stanley Jackson (6-3, 190).
Last season, Frazier rushed for 720 yards despite missing four games with an injury and Jackson had 29 catches for 541 yards and nine touchdowns.
"Mifflin has been improving and doing a lot better than in the past," Goebbel said. "I know with Brookhaven closing, they got a few players from Brookhaven. They're definitely a very solid team."