It's do or die time for Arkansas high school football teams entering week 11 as the 2017 state playoffs kickoff and the No. 5 seed Spring Hill Bears will take a long road trip to battle No. 2 seed Marked Tree Indians in first round postseason competition in the Class 2A division.

It's do or die time for Arkansas high school football teams entering week 11 as the 2017 state playoffs kickoff and the No. 5 seed Spring Hill Bears will take a long road trip to battle No. 2 seed Marked Tree Indians in first round postseason competition in the Class 2A division.

The Bears finally end a four year absence from competing in the playoffs and they're ready to challenge their opponent with confidence according to Spring Hill head football coach Matt McBride.

The Bears set a goal at the beginning of the season to be one of few qualifying teams to still be competing at this time of the year. McBride has preached and stressed thorough about how important making the playoffs mean for every teams football program since his arrival as head coach at Spring Hill.

McBride believes the Bears have a chance to make some noise and advance far into the postseason, but they've got to execute effectively on both ends of the field in order to come away victorious over a polished Marked Tree team.

"We're excited about playing in the playoffs. It's going to be a long trip for us, but I really think we have a chance. Marked Tree has some weapons and their running back is their biggest weapon. They get the ball to him and it's going to be tough to stop him. They have a good quarterback with good targets to throw to. It's just up to us to execute," McBride said.

Marked Tree finished the 3-2A Conference second at 5-1 and 7-2 overall. Their go to man running back Paul Coleman is a strong force and has accounted over 2,000 yards rushing this season. The Indians are a very skilled positioned team on both ends of the field and McBride knows the Bears must be ready for a fight.

Last week, the Bears didn't come out with the intensity or mindset McBride hoped in their tough loss to Mineral Springs to end the 7-2A Conference regular season schedule. He been proud of their fight in big games and battles won against Genoa Central, Lafayette County, Murfreesboro and Dierks. McBride felt the Bears played well with intensity and a strong urgency to win.

Those type of performance that willed them to victory is the mentality McBride feels the Bears must have when facing their first round opponent in the playoffs tonight against Marked Tree.

"Offensively we have shown signs to be explosive and just the opposite. So it's just down to executing. I believe in what we do, just got to be good at it. I told the kids I love them and it's the playoffs and do or die time, so let makes memories and not let this be our last game of the season," McBride said.

The Bears have bounced back strong after suffering tough losses and tonight, they're aiming for a big time performance to have the game of their lives in order to come out victorious on the road against one of the best teams in the state for Class 2A in hopes to extend their season on the gridiron.

Kickoff set at 7 p.m. in Marked Tree.