Hernando quarterback Tyrail Hawkins will start Friday night against rival Springstead, coach John Palmer said Wednesday.
The sophomore also started Friday's preseason classic against Pasco. Palmer said junior quarterback Clevandre Pope will also play against the Eagles.
Hawkins and Pope have battled since the spring. Hawkins completed 2-of-6 passes for 5 yards while Pope did not complete a pass and threw an interception in the fourth quarter last week. Hawkins also rushed for 20 yards on six carries.
Palmer has said he likes Hawkins' athleticism and Pope's ability to command an offensive drive.