ALABAMA (WALA) - In this week's game of the week, the UMS-Wright Bulldogs take on the Saint Paul's Saints in the battle of Old Shell Road. The two schools are just two miles from each other, setting up a huge rivalry that's all about bragging rights.
No playoff implications or region standings are on the line. The battle of Old Shell Road is all about one thing: Bragging rights.
The region champion Saints come in at 8-1, but banged up with injuries to both their starting quarterback and running back. Jordan Huff just had surgery for an ACL tear.
"He's a great player, no doubt about that," said St. Paul's Head Coach Jimmy Perry. "But this time of year, somebody has to step up on every team. They've got injuries. Everybody is banged up, bruised up, and young people have to step up and that's why you practice your twos."
UMS has faced some tough luck. Their three losses came to teams with a combined one loss between them.
Both teams will use this game to see where they are heading into the playoffs.
"I think it does a lot of good for us going into the playoffs because our kids kind of get in that mode, and you don't have to say a whole lot to them this week because those guys are their friends except for one night of the year," said UMS Coach Terry Curtis.
"I'm good friends with most of them, but we're not going to like each other Friday night," said St. Paul's linebacker Jack Gilmore.
"Forget what's happened," said UMS-Wright center Dillon Turk. "Forget about how good they are and everything. Crazy things can happen in this game."
This game has been played for 32 seasons since 1978 to a pretty even split. UMS has the edge with 17 wins to St. Paul's 15.
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