SPARTA — The rivalry between Fredericktown and Highland has been a big one for many years — they have squared off in some barn-burners while playing in different conferences.
This year, the stakes have gone up.
Fredericktown entered the Mid-Ohio Athletic Conference this year, turning this year’s game between the two rivals into something even bigger. Add in the fact that both teams are vying for a conference title this year, and Friday’s game becomes gigantic.
“There’s a big rivalry between the two schools. We’re excited to play them,” said Highland coach Chad Carpenter. “It’s a good ball game, normally. It’s a backyard rivalry.
“This is one of those games you throw the records out the door. It will be a battle for four quarters.”
One of the big reasons it’s been a great rivalry is the teams are very similar in style. There’s not much in the way of trickery. Both like to line up face-to-face and see who’s the better team.
“Both teams have lines that are big and strong. It’ll be fun to watch. It’s their Wing-T vs. our I. We’ll see what happens,” said Fredericktown coach Brian Baum. “They are always a good opponent for us. We’ll be up for the game, it’s a big rivalry. Now, it really means something. If we win and then they win in Week 10, we’re back in business.”
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