It's Longview against Lufkin. There's no longer any district connection, these teams aren't even in the same classification anymore.
It's still Longview and Lufkin.
"it's the show of the year," Longview lineman Vinny Portley said.
"It's always tough getting ready for Lufkin," Lobos head coach John King agreed. "They're a very physical football team. They don't seem to have any weaknesses, really."
These two teams have played twelve times in the last ten years, this will mark the thirteenth. Lufkin dominated the series from 1999, winning eleven in a row. But Longview took the last game, 31-24, to break Lufkin's streak and more importantly, start one of their own.
"I'm pretty sure Lufkin wants to start a streak again," Lobos quarterback Aaron Johnson said. "We finally got a chance to beat them, so it feels good beating that team that we never could hop over."
"Oh, we've got to win," Lufkin wide receiver Tra Horace admitted. "We broke the streak, so now we've got to come back and make another streak."
One of the big selling points of the game is Lufkin's Jamarcus McFarland. The defensive lineman is considered the top prospect in the country, and the Lobos are looking forward to seeing him.
"They say he's the best in the country," Portley said. "I want to see it."
"He's a great high school football player," King said, "and he's going to be a great college football player, as well. They've got other guys over there who are great players too, so you can't just focus on him."
Tonight, the rivalry starts again, for one night only...a playoff caliber matchup in the middle of the season.
"It'll be just as big as a playoff game," Johnson said. "First class teams, giving all they have, it's going to be a big game regardless."