It's been a couple of years since the Clear Fork football team last battled Richland County rival Lexington. It's also been two seasons since the Colts had to try and bounce back from a regular-season loss, but both scenarios will unfold on Friday night.
Clear Fork will travel to face the Minutemen in a key Week 3 showdown, coming off thier first loss outside the postseason since 2016. It will be the first meeting between the neighboring school districts since Lexington beat the Colts 21-0 on Sep 16, 2016 when the two programs were members of the same conference.
The 2-time defending MOAC champs saw their 21-game regular season win streak snapped last week in their home opener against Granville, putting the squad in an unfamiliar position as they get set to renew a longtime rivalry. The team says they've put the 21-7 loss behind them now and are committed to starting a new win streak at Lexington on Friday night.
The outcome will be critical for both teams coming off of Week 2 losses, as each looks to build off postseason bids in 2018. With the Bellville Street Fair going on this weekend, senior members for Clear Fork understand that bragging rights will be at a premium with local festivities happening in their home town.