MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) - Week two's high school football Game of the Week features one of the most historic rivalries in the state of Alabama. The Theodore Bobcats (1-0) are going on the road to take on the Murphy Panthers (1-0) at Ladd-Peebles Stadium.
It's their 49th match-up, 364 days since they last met in a Panthers win.
“It is one of the games that you expect to know that you’re going to go to work, that you’re going to be challenged your best- that they’re going to put their best on the field," said Murphy head coach Ronn Lee. "We’ve played Theodore every year since I’ve been here, and some of those games have gone into triple overtime. It dates all the way back to the 70s, to which I actually think Theodore and Murphy set a record for a number of overtimes that were played.”
Theodore Head Coach Eric Collier said he looks forward to a great ballgame.
“Both teams are going to come out and play hard," Collier said. "You go back and look throughout history, it has always been a great game for both towns, and we’re looking forward to playing them.”
Collier is experiencing the rivalry for the first time as Bobcats head coach
Having Jamey Mosley under center will surely cool his nerves. The former outside linebacker and brother of Alabama star linebacker CJ Mosley, is going ironman, starting at quarterback.
Mosley's primed and ready to pin his ears back for a match-up like this one.
“It’s a good rivalry," Mosley said. "It has been going on for a long time and the tradition has been great here. The rivalry has been good and I think it’s going to be even better this year.”
Panthers athlete Kameron Maye said his team needs to play hard to expect a win.
"We’re going to have to come out and do what we have to do from the get-go, from the second it starts to the second it ends we’re going to have to play fast," Maye said.
Play fast, or go home hit with a loss.
Twenty-four region championships between these two dating back to ’74, and again, here we stand with history in the making.
“It is important," Collier said. "We need to go out and we need to play our best and make sure we’re taking care of our business because it is important to our community, it is important to our school. You look at guys that played 20 years ago; they still remember their game when they played Murphy.”
“We just have to actually grind hard," Maye said."We’ll see who grinds harder. Friday night we’ll find out."
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