Bell County and Middlesboro flat out do not like one another.
The rivalry between these two schools was strong during the 80s and 90s, but it was a bit one sided with the Bobcats winning the majority of those games in that span.
These two teams have not played each other since 2004.
Fast Forward to Friday Night, where the two will meet up in the City-County Bowl. There are new coaches on the sideline in the Bobcats' Wayne Mills and the Yellow jackets’ Randy Frazier.
Both are looking forward to putting on a new face to the feud.
“It’s a great atmosphere,” Coach Mills says. “I mean, your kids just go to another level when the play. The crowd gets in to it I mean, this is bragging rights.”
“It’s one of those things when I took this job that everybody said, ‘Coach, we getting Bell back on the schedule?” Frazier says. “Our kids feel like it’s a big rivalry. You know it’s bragging rights, I told our kids this game is going to make us better.”
The last team Middlesboro beat Bell County was 1997 in a 27-13 win.
Now all of these kids who play in this game were in pre-school 1997.
But they don't care.
Both the Bobcats and Yellow jackets know what this game means.
“There’s always going to be a rivalry between us and Middlesboro,” Bobcats running back Cory Davenport says. “But we have to live with these boys. And if they beat us, they’re going to be all over us all the time. Like when we go to the mall and stuff they’re just going to be talking about it all the time.”
“It’s been important forever,” Yellow jackets’ Quarterback, Chase Roark says. “I don’t know how long it’s been going on, but we want to beat Bell just as bad as they want to beat us.”
And Naturally, they are playing up the rivalry.
“We’re the big brother and they’re the little brother,” Davenport says. “We just want to beat them so bad because they’re talking to us all the time on facebook and stuff. But we talk on the field and we’re going to get the job done on Friday night.”
“It’d be a huge win for us because we’re 2A and they’re what, 3A?” Roark says. “And just rub it in their face pretty much.”
This game has NOTHING to do with the postseason.
But it has EVERYTHING to do with Bragging rights.
Something the kids for both squads will stop at nothing to get.