Should Livingston and Corrigan Play Eachother in an Annual Non-District Varsity Football Game?
Well, football season ended recently and I'm already going through withdrawals. The 2011 season kicks off in September. September?...Might as well be an eternity. So here I am with only my thoughts. When you're going through withdrawals, then you're obviously thinking about your addiction and how much you miss it. So in my thoughts, I was wondering, Should Livingston and Corrigan play an annual non-district varsity football game? Right off the bat, some will say, "No! Livingston is in a larger school class so it's not fair. They have a larger talent pool". Fair enough. But so what. It's a non-district game. Colleges play smaller colleges every year. In 2010 the Aggies played Stephen F. Austin, in 2011 the Longhorns will play the Rice Owls, the Houston Cougars will play UCLA.
In my opinion an annual Polk County Bowl would be great for the Lions and the Bulldogs. The rivalry with annual bragging rights on the line and some sort of trophy, cup, bucket (whatever) would be healthy and give both the coaches and players from both ends of the county something to look forward to. It should probably be the first game of the season, non-district (obviously) and nothing on the line except bragging rights and some sort of trophy that goes back and forth depending on who wins. One year it can be played in Corrigan, the next year in Livingston, and so on.
I only moved to Polk County in 1991, but I know the teams have played in previous years and Corrigan often came out on top. The Dawgs have a nice history with two state championships under their belts and a lot of pride. I bet the players from both schools would love the opportunity to beat their in-county rivals every year. The general populace would eat it up (speaking for myself, I would). Whichever side loses, take heart, they'll play again the following year with a chance to redeem themselves. Look at the Aggies and Longhorns rivalry that's played every year and how much the tradition has grown.
A good, healthy, in-county football rivalry. Please, tell us what you think!
Willie P. Openshaw
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