Cross-town rivalries always seem to change the dynamic of a city or community during game week. That's no different this week, as the Monterey Plainsmen and Coronado Mustangs square off Thursday night.
"I think Sunday mornings at church makes for a special time when everybody's been together at the ball game on Thursday at a rivalry game," said first-year Coronado coach Kent Jackson. "Anytime you have a rivalry within a city like this, it makes for a lot of neat bragging rights."
The sentiment is the same at the corner of 50th Street and Indiana.
"Everybody's involved with this, everybody wants to be a part of it, everybody wants to see the success their teams are going to have," said Monterey coach Todd Pearson. "So I think it's just a great thing for the city and the community."
Of course, bragging rights aren't the only thing at stake. Monterey hasn't been 2-0 to start off a district schedule since 2004 while Coronado is on the verge of starting 0-2(0-7 overall).
"You sure don't want to get in a hole of 0-2, that really puts the pressure on you then where you have to get it done," Jackson said. " Naturally, a win for us tonight would be huge for us in a lot of ways."
"I can't really remember when we've had that record," said Pearson, whose team is 3-3 going into the rivalry game. "But it's all irrelevant if you can't continue doing it."
No matter the outcome on the field, both coaches enjoy the buzz the game creates around town...especially coach Jackson.
"That's the way it's supposed to be, that's what makes high school sports special."
Kickoff is set for 7:30pm at Lowrey Field.