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Students fired up about crosstown football showdown

November 05, 2009|By ANDREW SCHOTZ

HAGERSTOWN -- Students at two Hagerstown high schools are gearing up for their annual football showdown.

"The kids all get up for the North and South game," Mike Tesla, South High's athletic director, said Thursday.

Students had only three days this year for spirit week, but they're making the most of them, school officials said.

That includes Friday, the end of spirit week and the day of the game.

At South High, students will wear green, a school color, and hold a pep assembly during the last period of the day.

At North High, a school band will stroll the halls at about 3:10 p.m. and play the fight song. Students and staff will step out to join them, a tradition Principal Valerie Novak called "just awesome."

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"The kids will be hyped tomorrow," Novak said Thursday.

Both football teams are having down years -- North is 3-6, South is 2-7 -- but the rivalry draws in students and alumni.

"We had a heckuva crowd last year," Tesla said. South High's bleachers were filled for last year's game, the best turnout of the season, he said.

North leads the series 27-24-1 and has won six straight games.

The winner gets the Hagerstown Gridiron Championship Classic trophy.

The game will begin at 7 p.m. at North High's Mike Callas Stadium.

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