The Fruita Monument high school football team has owned the annual rivalry against the Grand Junction Tigers as of late.
But nothing is guaranteed when Wildcats and Tigers take the field.
Fruita's varsity teams hasn't lost to Grand Junction since the 2014 season, meaning Wildcat seniors have never lost to their bitter rival in their high school career. Speaking to the team at practice Wednesday at Fruita, they intend to keep it that way.
"We're pumped up, the energy level at practice is really high," Fruita senior Cason Gisner said. "We tall take it very seriously because it's the biggest game of our life."
The Wildcats are coming off their biggest win of the year. They took down the #3 ranked team in Class 4A, the Chatfield Chargers 38-27 last week. Fruita advanced to 2-1 after the win and jumped in the rankings before the Valley showdown.
"I think it's a great rivalry. Anytime you have cross-town teams like that that the kids know well, you're gonna have both sides hyped up and ready to go," Fruita head coach Cameron Ross says. "It's important to us, important to the community, [and] our school."
The Wildcats take on the Tigers Friday at 7:00 p.m. from Stocker Stadium.