Over in Harrison county, two teams are getting ready for a game that means a lot more than just a score. Marshall is hosting Hallsville, and for the battle of Harrison County, everyone knows what's at stake.
"We hear it all the time," Hallsville's Dadrian Johnson said. "Are you ready for Marshall? Are you going to do the same thing you did last week?"
"Everywhere I go people want to ask if we're going to beat Hallsville this week," Marshall's Darius Jones said. "It's just like when we play Longview."
These two teams are natural rivals, district mates, and old foes. It can be understood if this week's game brings out a little bit of trash talking.
"We've got to really go out and dominate, and play our game against Hallsville," Marshall's Matt Sheppard said." "We're a better team than Hallsville, but we can't go out there with too much confidence like we did against Neville. We've got to go out and win our first district game, most of all."
"This will probably be the game that springs us, and makes us a much better team than everyone thinks," Hallsville's Daryl Whitehall said. "When we go out and beat Marshall on Friday night, it'll open some eyes and let everyone know that Hallsville's ready to play."
But this trash talking you have to back up. Football sets the tone for the rest of the year, and the rest of the rivalry. Bragging rights are crucial.
"In East Texas, it's all about the football," Jones said. "If we lose to them in anything else, we can say we beat them in football."
"People brag about it for the whole year," Hallsville's Chris Pack said. "We got you."
There's a big district win at stake tonight, but for the seniors, there's one more chance to finish their career with a rivalry win.
Reid Kerr can be reached at email@example.com.
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