GENEVA, Ala. (WDHN) — The Extra Point Game of the Week for week five is more than just a football game.
It’s an intracounty rivalry with more than seven decades of history.
It’s bragging rights for a whole year.
It’s the Geneva County Bulldogs and the Geneva Panthers.
Hartford and Geneva, the Bulldogs and the Panthers!
These two teams have met more than 75 times and the rivalry runs deep!
“We’ve got a lot of respect for them and I know they have a lot of respect for us as well,” Geneva County Head Coach Jim Bob Striplin said. “We’ve got a lot of friends on both sides of the river here and you know this week can be a big week for us because you know their fans will be a factor.”
Class 4A Geneva hosts 2A Geneva County, but despite the size difference it’s a tough match up for both schools.
“We’ve got to do the fundamentals because some teams if you don’t do the right thing, it’s a seven, eight, 12 yard gain,” Geneva Head Coach Les Sanders said. “With them, if you’re not in the right place doing right things it’s a touchdown. They’ve got those kind of players.”
Timothy McReynolds has been a standout for the Panthers and Emmanuel Henderson for the Bulldogs
But Coach Sanders and Coach Striplin know while those two are talented there’s even more to their rival.
“If you just if you just worry about him, it’ll be a long, long night because they’ve got several good players,” Sanders said.
The Panthers enter the match up 3-2 and the Bulldogs are 3-1.
Players on both sides believe they’re prepared to add another to the win column.
“Our drive and determination,” Geneva County junior Jay Roberts said. “We can have some days are bad days but we get out there on game day and it’s like none of that happened. We’re just ready to go with full speed all day, every day.”
“Staying together,” Geneva senior Justin Russ said. “When we play as a team we’re really, really good. Just fundamentally, if we stay focused, do what we’ve got to do and on Friday have a lot of mental energy. We tend to do really good.”
Last year the Bulldogs beat the Panthers 22-6 but now Geneva wants bragging rights back.
The rivals kick off Friday night at 7 p.m. in Hugh Owen Memorial Stadium in Geneva.