The football teams from Scobey and Superior, worlds apart from one another geographically, will battle today in the semifinals of the State C football playoffs.
The distance is daunting. Their proximity on the scoreboard, however, figures to be closer than the 634 miles that separate their towns.
"It's a long way - almost to Idaho - but I don't think it will affect us," said Scobey coach Sean Cromwell, whose team made the trip to Superior over the course of the last three days.
"Everyone's going to have to just keep playing how we've been playing and keep working together as a whole team."
Scobey (9-1) has built success on the strength of a power running game that has rolled up nearly 2,300 yards with an average of nearly 5.7 yards per carry.
Defensively, the Spartans have held teams to fewer than 85 yards of offense per game. But they'll face the task of stopping 10-0 Superior, which has trounced teams with a high-flying passing game led by quarterback Travis Stroot.
"It's a well-disciplined team that executes well in offense," Cromwell said of Superior. "They don't make too many mistakes. They've got good numbers and they're well coached."
Stroot has thrown for 2,212 yards with 32 touchdowns and just five interceptions. He's completed nearly 60 percent of his passes. Stroot throws to a stable of receivers headed up by Tyler Stenberg (58 catches, 993 yards, 18 touchdowns) and Drew Walen (42-640-10).
The Bobcats average over 55 points a game.
On defense, the Bobcats have held opponents to less than 20 points per outing. They'll try to shut down Scobey quarterback Michael Crandell, who has rushed for a team-best 620 yards and 17 touchdowns.
"Crandell, from everything I hear, is real good," said Superior coach Dan Lucier. "He's somebody we're going to have to stop if we plan to beat them."
Spartan running backs Cory Huda (477 yards, 8 TDs), Calvin Odom (409-4) and Taylor Plante (218-4) are also capable carrying the ball.
"On defense we're going to have to tackle and swarm to the ball," Lucier said. "On offense we have to take care of the ball. One of our strengths is that we don't turn the ball over and our penalty margin is pretty low. Those things have really been huge for us."
The winner of today's game will advance to next week's State C title contest against Wibaux (8-1) or Twin Bridges (9-1). The Longhorns and Falcons will meet in today's other semifinal game.
The last time Scobey advanced to the state semifinals - in 2002 - the Spartans went on to win their third state championship.
Cromwell is hoping that omen plays into his team's favor today.
"We've been waiting six years to get this far into the playoffs," said the third-year coach, who was previously a Scobey assistant. "So we're ready."