By Bryan Davis
Year number two of the series between the Oak Hill Academy Raiders and Hebron Christian Eagles football teams was completed on Friday night.
The crowds were ever present on the home and visitor sides, as fans from across the county came out to watch the two close communities battle it out in the building Clay County rivalry.
Last year, Hebron traveled to Oak Hill, and they were defeated 14-0. This year, they were hosting, and they wanted a little revenge.
For the first half, it looked like the Eagles had a chance at getting justice for last season, but Oak Hill pulled away in the second half to claim a decisive 46-12 victory.
After the game, it was nothing but hugs and handshakes between the two teams that hope this series lasts well into the future.
“If you looked around at the crowd, you’d see this is an important game for Hebron and it was an important game for Oak Hill too,” Oak Hill head coach Leroy Gregg said.
Heborn head coach Greg Watkins is hoping the game between the Eagles and the Raiders lasts a long time.
“It’s building,” Watkins said of the young rivalry. “This is just the second year that we’ve played Oak Hill. It really hasn’t built up to be that rivalry yet.”
Oak Hill and Hebron are no strangers to each other. They’ve met on the diamond and on the court, but up until last season, they had never met inside the grid iron.
“We have played each other, historically, in baseball, basketball and softball, but the last two years is the first time we’vene that in football. The communities are very close. These kids know each other, and a lot of them of friends.”
Watkins and Gregg agree that the early-season contest is mutually important. Watkins says that the series should keep going.
“I’ll get with coach Gregg, and when we redo schedules for the next two years, I’m sure he’ll put me down, and I’ll put him down,” Watkins said. “It’s good to build a healthy rivalry, and with their kids knowing ours, it’s fun to do battle out on the field and then be friends after the game.”