FRUITA, Colo. - October 11, 2002 was the last time the Fruita Monument Wildcats beat the Grand Junction Tigers in the biggest football rivalry in the Valley. This may be the year that the streak comes to an end.
The Wildcats are off to a hot 2-1 start this season entering conference play while the Tigers have been the victim of three straight blowout losses to start the season 0-3.
But the winless record doesn't fool Wildcats head coach Billy Moore. The Tigers three losses have come at the hand of three undefeated 5A teams.
"We pointed out to our players that the three teams that they played are 3-0, and they are good 5A football teams that anyone in the league would have had to play well in order to beat." Moore said. "The point is you can't overlook anybody in this league."
On Tuesday afternoon Grand Junction's Justin Trujillo was quoted as saying that the Tigers will beat the Wildcats on Friday night. Wildcats linebacker Huntyr MacLaskey had a response on Wednesday afternoon.
"We're not the kind of team to say win or lose," MacLaskey said. "They can talk. Wait until game play, that's what I say."
Friday night's rivalry game kicks off at 7:00 p.m. at Stocker Stadium.