Our fifth high school football Game of the Week is the 44th edition of the Battle of Prichard, the Vigor Wolves (4-0) travel to Leopard Stadium to take on Blount (3-1).
Defense: If you’re a Vigor Wolf, you know that’s your recipe to win football games.
The main ingredient, senior defensive end Justin Thornton, a 6’6”, 220-pound four-star recruit.
So far, War Eagle leads the Thornton sweepstakes. He’s a verbal commit to Auburn.
“It’s a blessing, you know," Thornton said. "I started off just a youngin’ looking up to Darius Philon and Jermichael Winston, and to be the heart and soul, it’s just an honor.”
Coming into their much-anticipated duel with Blount, Thornton commands a squad that reminds his opponent of a defense you’d more likely see on Sundays.
“They play like an NFL team, like the Jets, but I’ll just take them as a regular defense, take my time, and we should have a good time," said Blount quarterback Malike Campbell.
A good game in front of a packed house, standing room only expected for a community tradition: The Battle of Prichard.
“If it’s anything like the last three years, it’ll be awesome," said Vigor Head Coach Ashley Johnson. "Sold out stadium- and they have a really big stadium, so you have 10,000 people there. They’ll be people cooking out, RVs there, it will look like a college football game, it really, really will.”
“It’s bigger than a region game to be honest with you," said Blount Head Coach Mark Hurt. "This game has a lot of emotion for each kid, and each student. Malike has been involved in this game, and obviously neither he or any of these seniors have had a chance to beat Vigor in a long time, so it’d just be great to get one under our belt.”
An emotional battle, as these young men spend much more time off the field together than on. But there can only be one victor in the Battle of Prichard.
“We all grew up together in park ball, and we aren’t enemies or anything," Campbell said. "But on the field, we’re playing for different teams- that’s it- but without that, we’re all brothers.”
But not Friday night, not on game day.
If the Wolves want to make it 15 straight, they’ll need their heart and soul to be as advertised.
“It’s a big game. You don’t want to be the team to lose to Blount and snap the streak," Thornton said. "It’s going to be a war; it’s going to be a war.”
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