This Friday Night marks the 91st playing of the Bell Game, formerly the Armistice Game. The Brookfield Bulldogs will travel to historic Chester Ray Stadium to do battle with the Marceline Tigers. The Tigers are coming in with a little extra Black Rage, thanks to a narrow loss last week in their home opener against Schuyler County. The Bulldogs will be looking to find their offensive fire from week one, after squeaking by against Highland at home in week two.
“A Bell Game win means bragging rights for a year,” said Head Coach Paul Thomas of the Marceline Tigers. “It means a lot to the kids.”
“Obviously, the Bell Game is extremely important,” said Head Coach Nile Thudium of the Brookfield Bulldogs. “It’s important to our kids, and our community.”
Practices this week are sure to be a little more intense, as teams prepare for their annual rivalry contest. “Emotions run high during Bell Game,” said Coach Thudium. “I feel that its important for the coaching staff to keep things as normal as possible. While this is an important game, there are many others that follow this week, so it is important that we fix as many flaws as we can, to become the best team we can by by the District payoffs.”
Coach Thomas agrees with his opponent, as far as normal practices this week. “There is no difference,” said Coach Thomas. “Our schedule is the same.”
The kids that normally see and socialize with one another throughout the year, in season and out, are positively itching to hit someone that may very well be a friend...just not this week. “I would say that the team is excited,” said Coach Thomas. “There is a certain level of excitement in the locker room.”
“I think we were a little shell-shocked Friday night,” said Coach Thudium. “Highland showed up believing that they had a chance to win. We did not handle adversity as well as we should have, and were fortunate to pull through a win. After watching film, our kids feel confident that all of our mistakes can be fixed, and that we have a great shot to have a very successful season.”
Neither team reports any injuries that were not already in existence before this week’s practices. This gives both squads a full roster for this rivalry game.
“Friday night will be an unbelievable atmosphere for high school football,” said Coach Thudium. “Two of the winningest programs in the State of Missouri will battle it out.”
Page 2 of 2 - “I think it is going to be a great game,” said Coach Thomas. “Both teams will be ready to play.”
Kickoff for the 91st playing of the Bell Game is set for 7 p.m. at Chester Ray Stadium.