HS Football: Wildcat/Tiger rivalry lives on despite league change

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. now in two separate leagues, it'll be a little bit strange seeing the biggest high school rivalry in western colorado happen so early on in the year when Fruita Monument and Grand Junction meet at Stocker Stadium Friday night.

In years past of the Southwestern League, this game comes in the heart of conference play- typically the last weekend of September or mid-October. Now both teams have the opportunity to pick up their first win.

Because they meet so early, this might be the first time these schools have met where each is each without a win.

"They're a good team," Fruita Monument senior Conner Harmon said, "and we've played with these guys our whole lives. The rivalry has been a big thing for a really long time. We're excited to go out and play some football."

"Obviously this game is important to both schools all the time but when you don't win it puts an added emphasis on it," Grand Junction head coach Robbie Owens said. "So we're going to go out there and if we play tiger football, we know we can compete with anybody. We just gotta come out there and play with consistency."

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