It's early in the season, but a familiar scenario is being played out in Section 1-AAA with Hampton and Mars sharing the section lead with records of 3-0 and identical overall records of 5-1.
Hampton hosted Highlands on Thursday and earned a 53-27 victory. The Talbots visit Ford City tonight. Mars defeated Valley 91-4 on Thursday and visits Highlands tonight.
A year ago, the two teams split their regular-season meetings and ended up as section co-champions. The first meeting between the two teams takes place on Jan. 12 at Mars. The rematch occurs on Feb. 5 at Hampton. Both teams likely will make the WPIAL Class AAA tournament.