Drake McCutchen and Section travel to take on Ider.

A team looking to get its offense going meets a team that’s leaned on its defense in a rivalry matchup this week.

Section travels to take on Class 2A Region 8 rival Ider Friday night at Wayne C. Hardman Stadium in Ider.

It’s the 37th all-time meeting between the schools, making it the fourth most played series in Section’s 51-year football history. Ider leads the series 24-12 and has won the last three meetings.

Section (0-2, 0-1) is looking to get on track after back-to-back shutout losses to New Hope and defending Class 2A state champion and top-ranked Fyffe. Section head coach Chris Hammon said the typical mistakes that young teams make have hurt the Lions thus far this season.

“We’ve got a lot of guys that are playing for the first time,” Hammon said, “and it’s just some general football stuff that just takes some reps to get that experience.”

Section faces an Ider team that is under the direction of a new head coach for the first time since 2003. Brent Tinker stepped down following the 2018 campaign after 16 seasons as the Hornets’ coach. Tinker, who went 69-98 with five playoff appearances at his alma mater, is now an assistant coach at Fort Payne.

Miles Keith is Ider’s new head coach. Keith, who as North Jackson’s defensive coordinator in 2013 and also served assistant coaching stints at Crossville and Tallassee, was hired in June.

Ider (1-1, 0-1) won Keith’s debut, defeating Holly Pond 17-2 in Week 1 before losing in overtime at Sand Rock 20-14 last week.

Matthew Wood led Ider with 85 yards and two touchdown on 18 carries while Seth Hawkins added 66 yards on 18 carries. Ider kicker Benjamin Klausen, who kicked a 49-yard field goal in the Hornets’ season-opening win and attempted a 61-yarder on the final play of regulation last week.

Meanwhile, Ider essentially pitched a shutout in Week 1 before allowing 20 points last week.

“Defensively they’ve looked pretty good,” Hammon said of the Hornets. “They base out of a three-stack, got some pretty good size. It’s a typical Ider team that likes to play physical.”

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