Bedford coach Jack Belcher is used to preparing for Concord-Carlisle.
In years past it’s been during the month of November, with more than a week to prepare for the annual Thanksgiving morning game.
This year things are a little different.
The two sides meet under the lights Friday night, in the middle of the regular season, a byproduct of the MIAA’s new playoff system, as the Buccaneers host Concord-Carlisle on their brand new turf field in a battle of unbeaten Dual County League rivals.
The pair will also meet on Thanksgiving, but the outcome of that matchup will have no effect on the playoffs. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.
Bob Holmes of the Globe staff contributed to this report.