In talking to Northside head coach Kevin Kinsler and Warner Robins head coach Bryan Way separately Monday, they both used the words “hoopla” and “distractions” in describing the week leading up to their game Friday.
Big games bring about a lot of hoopla and a ton of distractions.
And make no mistake, Friday’s game is a big game for both teams.
Way put it best when he said, “This is definitely what high school football should be about.”
Yes it is.
Two great teams. Two great programs. In the game of the year for both.
But it’s not just about this game. It’s about the way these two programs go about their business. Yes, it’s a huge game for both teams, and it means a lot to both teams and fan bases, but there are also bigger goals out there for both teams. Win or lose this game, both teams have more on their docket for the season.
They play for region titles and compete for state titles, and they have for years. They have strong programs consistently, and they have built a ton of tradition. That leads to a lot of community support for the programs, and that success just builds on top of itself year after year.
These are dominant programs, no doubt, and when those kinds of programs compete in the same city, it makes for something special. That’s what we’ll see Friday night.
Something special, something all programs and towns should strive to have with a rivalry game. A big game.
There will be a packed house at McConnell-Talbert Stadium. The city of Warner Robins has been abuzz all week, as usual, about the game.
And that’s the way it should be for a game like this.
That’s the way high school football should be.
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