When Mansfield Senior and Madison meet on the football field, a long tradition of pride and disdain continues in the long-standing history of this cross-city rivalry.
A special mystique surrounds players, coaches and those involved with past competitions between these two bitter adversaries when Mansfield's rivalry week rolls around as records are forgotten and a lifetime of bragging rights go up for grabs.
As the Rams and Tygers approach their Week 10 competition at Arlin Field, both squads know what's at stake, although a victorious outcome has different meanings for both programs.
For 8-1 Mansfield Senior, the chance to clinch a home playoff game and potentially earn a piece of the OCC championship are on the line when they take the field. Madison would love nothing more than to spoil those plans for their adhorred opponents, tasting victory for the first time all season in the process to end the year on a high note.
All bets are off when the Rams and Tygers collide in this rivalry, with Mansfield Senior looking to extend their all-time series edge to 29-22-3.