Neither Dothan or Northview will make the playoffs this season, but there's still plenty to play for Friday night in the Dothan City Showdown. There's a lot to be said for bragging rights among these kids who have grown up together.
The Northview Cougars come in fresh off a win over Russell County last week. That gives the cougars a 3-5 record heading into Friday's rivalry game.
Northview has knocked off the Tigers three years in a row. Northview rolled to a 31-0 win last season. Another win Friday would be clean sweep for the Cougars' seniors.
"Yeah, it's a big week,” Northview Head Coach Chip Harris said. “It means a lot to this city. The kids are excited. We're ready for Friday to get here and see what happens."
Meanwhile, Dothan has struggled with a 1-7 campaign this season. A win over their cross-town rival would go a long way to help soothe some of the wounds.
It's the first chance for new Dothan Head Coach Kelvis White to experience the city showdown. But, he says he knows what to expect.
"Everybody's looking forward to it,” White said. “Everyone is telling the kids it will make the season so much better if we beat Northview. We go out to win every game. But, this week we put a little extra effort into it. The kids are watching more film. The coaches are working and watching a little more film. I think it would be really sweet if we can get this victory."
Northview and Dothan kickoff at 7:00 p.m. Friday at Rip Hewes Stadium.