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Game of the Week showcases battle of unbeatens

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After a winless 2013, it's nothing but blue skies in Ore City.

"We've overcome so much in the last year," said Ore City junior Dennis Kennedy. "We've had so much adversity. Now that we're 7 and 0, it's just awesome."

The Rebels have moved the 0 from the win column, to the loss column. Joining Ore City at the top of district 9-2A, is 7-0 Union Grove.

"I did not see this coming," said Union Grove senior Tristen Thompson.  "It's going to be an exciting game."

After ending a 45 year playoff drought in 2013, the Lions are dreaming of a district championship in 2014.

"That's one thing we wanted," Union Grove senior Garrett Bowery. "We wanted respect and we wanted the school to know what it was like to have respect. We worked our butts off to get there and it's cool to be there right now."

They may be undefeated, but nothing has come easy for the Lions or the Rebels. Two teams fighting for respect, remaining undefeated would be a special accomplishment.

"Yeah," said Kennedy, "Because nobody expect us to go undefeated."

"It gets us pumped to see Union Grove is undefeated too," said Ore City senior Dalton Hasler.  "We're going in week nine, both undefeated, this makes for a pretty good game."

"This game is everything if we want to be district champs," said Thompson.

Overlooked in the past, the Lions and Rebels will have respect Friday night.

"I believe both teams will fight for it as hard as they can," said Hasler. "I think the last possession wins the game."

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