While Dean has the talented Spurlock among others to play with in his backfield, Mote will have Clinton starting under center and admitted jamming everything into one week of practice has been a bit hectic on the North side as well.
"I think a lot of it has to do with the kids' attitude and willingness to learn," Mote said. "Even though something's a little bit different than what they've done throughout their career, their receptiveness to at least listen and try to learn something different. Then you have to try and take the strengths of them and put them in situations that they're successful, instead of trying to take what you've done and force it upon them."
Both Mote and Dean have been in agreement all week that the most important thing to come of North-South week is the relationships players from all over the state develop with one another.
Mote said in addition to his players becoming friends and spending time together, players from the South have been hanging out on the North's dorm floor and vice-versa.
But as practice came to a close on Friday, the competitive nature in his players started to come out a bit. In the end, Mote said he has 35 players who are going out to try and win a game.
"They're tired of practicing, they're ready to play," Mote said. "I think they've built relationships and they've enjoyed it, but at the same time you're looking to get back into a normal routine at home. I'm sure they miss friends and family at home.
"What's neat is you're walking down to practices and I'm looking at Wayne and Wahama kids in front of me and I'm thinking, 'Martinsburg, yeah, they're champions, but obviously Wahama and Wayne were on the South's team.' So that mentality is on both sides of the ball, do doubt about it."
And though the South is riding a three-game winning streak, Dean is expecting a dogfight.
"Everybody wants to be successful," Dean said. "If you're a competitor you want to be successful. This group from the North, they're very nice people, too. We have to understand, they're all-stars too. It's not a cakewalk, it's going to be tough."
Reach Ryan Pritt at 304-348-7948, ryan.pr...@wvgazette.com, or follow him at twitter.com/RPritt. Rick Ryan contributed to this report.