Written by David Rodriguez Friday, 02 September 2011 08:37
Rivalry is a concept in sports that predates just about everything but sports itself. It’s older than Hank Stram’s 65 Toss Power Trap. It’s older than the Wave. But unlike the power running game of the past and unlike the undulating of a crowd standing and throwing their hands above their heads in unpracticed synchronicity, the rivalry has not lost it vibrancy. Friday night, it certainly won’t be lost on every single person in attendance at Tom Landry Stadium when the Mission Eagles and the Veterans Memorial Patriots resume their annual grudge match in Week 1 of high school football.
It isn’t lost on the players either.
“This is for the whole City of Mission and we’re looking forward to it,” said Veterans Memorial receiver and defensive back Ruben Peña. “This is more than a game. This is for the town and to paint the city blue.”