Here's some information about the two teams:
East Bernard is riding high after starting the season undefeated. The Brahmas started the season by shutting out Rice Consolidated, 16-0.
But last week, the Hitchcock Bulldogs gave East Bernard a scare towards the end of the fourth quarter. After a touchdown put Hitchcock within a point with three minutes left, East Bernard would stop Hitchcock short on the 2-point conversion to hold on for the 19-18 win.
Meanwhile, the Boling Bulldogs seek their first win of the season after two close losses. Boling lost to the Van Vleck Leopards in Week 1 after Van Vleck running back and Houston commit De'Mitri Monroe ran for 225 yards and two touchdowns. Then last week, a late touchdown by Hallettsville dropped Boling to 0-2 on the season.
Come Friday night, records won't matter between these two teams.
Last season Boling fell to East Bernard in a district matchup, only to exact revenge on their rivals a few weeks later in the playoffs.
The last time Boling won a state championship was back in 1972. One of the assistant coaches from the school's team that season had some sound advice for this year's squad, especially as they get ready to play after days of rain across the region.
"When you play on a wet field, it kind of equalizes both teams because you don't really know what's going to happen and when it's gonna happen. And not to worry about making mistakes because the thing that you always have to know is the most important play in football is the next play," former assistant coach Bob Pyssen said.
East Bernard's coach Wade Bosse, who has been there for 11 years, says that despite the rivalry, the two teams are a lot closer than you might think.
"Our kids are looking forward to playing Boling as I'm sure they are to playing us. We're so close by. We have families that are connected. We have friends that are connected. That's what makes it a rivalry," Bosse explains. "We're always excited about playing Friday nights in East Bernard. Our community supports as well and we're looking forward to every Friday night challenge."
Nothing brings communities together like football, so this season we're planning to feature not just what's great about a particular high school or team, but also what's awesome about the community surrounding that school.
PLAYERS TO WATCH:
East Bernard - QB/LB Hunter Goudeau (2017: 611 yards, 8 passing TDs), RB/DL Destin Schuler (2017: 614 yards, 10 rushing TDs)
Boling - RB/CB Jackson Manning, QB Quincey Hayes
- 2017 Records: East Bernard (10-2), Boling (9-4)
- Overall Record: East Bernard leads series 32-14.
- Rivalry dates back to 1933 with Boling winning the first ever game, 32-6.
- East Bernard has won 22 out of the last 25 games.