Rivalry between Geneva High & Geneva County High set to be renewed

(WTVY) -- Separated by 12 miles and a classification, Geneva in Class 3A, Geneva County in Class 2A, the Panthers and Bulldogs are familiar opponents having faced off 75 times in history.

In the prep football ranks, the 2-4 Geneva County Bulldogs continue to work hard on the offensive side of the ball as they make the transition from the "wing t" to the "spread t" this season!

The Geneva Panthers have the nod winning 39 times, but the rivalry between the two schools has died since 2003. Before then, Geneva High and Geneva County High had an annual rivalry dating back to 1946, and have games going all the way back to 1926.

At the annual Wiregrass Coaches Media Day at Highland Oaks Golf Course, both Geneva Head Coach Les Sanders, and Geneva County Head Coach Jim Bob Striplin believe now is the time to bring back a classic Wiregrass rivalry.

""the community is so close whether it be a Jamboree or Week 1. It is hard now with a region deal, some teams have 7 in their region, some have 9. So you don't know where your non region games will fall. You dont know who is coming in who is going out so I think it will work. Coach Striplin does a good job, we like playing good teams so I think it would be a good game for both communities in some capacity.

"The communities are so close, so whether it is a Jamboree or for Week 1", says Coach Sanders.

But the opportunity for both schools to face off will not come in the upcoming year, and will have to wait until the AHSAA reclassification happens in January of 2018.

"It is hard now with a region deal..." continues Sanders. "...some teams have 7 in their region, some have 9. So you don't know where your non-region games will fall. You dont know who is coming in, and who is going out so I think it will work [in the future]. Coach Striplin does a good job, we like playing good teams so I think it would be a good game for both communities in some capacity."