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Ontario vs Lexington Rivalry Intense As Ever

Story By: Brian Skowronski

 

 

 
 
 
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  Original Published: 8/28/2014

A pair of communities separated by just 8-miles and a shade of blue or purple, will renew their longtime rivalry on the gridiron Friday night. Ontario and Lexington share a long history on the high school football field, with generations of players competing in the fierce matchup.

"My dad's been a part of this school here and it just runs in the family," Warriors senior WR/DB Mitchell Zahn says. "It runs in the tradition around here."

Zahn's senior teammate, LG/DT Nick Rupp, says there's not much love lost between these two programs.

"We just don't really like Lexington," Rupp says, "that's nicely putting it." "It's definitely one of the bigger games of our season."

To amp up the duel between these neighboring communities even more, it kicks off the regular season and can have a major impact on the direction of each squad moving forward. And first year Minutemen head coach Taylor Gerhardt believes, that's exactly the way it should be.

"There's no other way," Gerhardt says, "it's football, every matchup should be heated." "And if you can do something like a cross-town rival, Ontario, Lexington, in a game opener, there's nothing better."

In last seasons opener at Copeland Field, the Warriors won an overtime thriller on a successful two-point conversion, boosting them to a 5-2 start. The painful loss sent Lexington into a downward spiral towards a difficult 1-9 campaign.

With so many young players carrying each squad this year after the departure of talented graduating classes, the outcome of their week one showdown very well could make or break the rest of their seasons.

You can catch the rivalry in its entirety on WMFD TV at 8:30 a.m. Saturday morning and again at 7 p.m. Highlights can also be seen on WMFD's Scores and More LIVE Friday evening at 11;30 p.m.

   
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