Rock Bridge Wins Bragging Rights in Providence Bowl
Rock Bridge outscored Hickman in Friday night's football game, 27-10, in the Providence Bowl rivalry.
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To many, this is more than just a game.
"There's always been a dislike between the schools," said Kevin Neville, father of Rock Bridge tackle Jace Neville, a senior.
Before the game Rock Bridge students tailgated in their school parking lot. Some applied body paint and one even put on a banana suit.
"I'm pumped up," Rock Bridge senior Brady Pfeiffer said before boarding one of eight busses headed to the game. "We lost last year but I feel like we'll win because we have more experience and a stronger defense."
Hickman High School students were no less excited. Hickman senior Allison Anderson said she felt bittersweet about watching her last Providence Bowl.
"It's sad because it's always a good time and the spirit is high no matter what is going on," Anderson said. "We love our school and the game is more intense as a senior and means more."
The rivalry can get heated, but friendships on both teams still exist. Sly Spears, whose son is a senior cornerback for Hickman, coached students from both teams when they were playing in youth football.
"It's really exciting to watch but heart breaking at the same time," Spears said.
Fans cheering on their teams gallery by KOMU 8 Reporter Michael Losch