2014 was the last time the Grand Junction football team beat its crosstown rival, Fruita Monument.
The Wildcats reside only 10 miles away and they hope to extend their win streak over the Tigers to five straight years.
“It’s always a huge game,” GJ head coach Mike Sirko said. “We’re here, there out there 10 miles away. It’s a healthy contest of two schools that would like to win a football game and for bragging rights.”
The two teams play each other Friday night at Stocker Stadium with a lot on the line. The senior class for both Junction and Fruita have had very different experiences.
The Tigers that are seniors have never beaten their nemesis, but for Fruita, they have not tasted defeat yet.
“I want Fruita bad,” senior quarterback A.J. Mariz said. “It’s a miracle to me that we got Fruita for our homecoming game and it’s my senior year. It’s something that we’ve been striving for and it’s the focus this week for sure.”
The Tigers have started off the season hot with a (3-1) overall record and the Wildcats have been backwards from recent years with a (1-2) record.
“It means the world,” senior wide receiver Ethan Schmidt said. “It’s our biggest rival so far, especially it being our homecoming game and the student section packed. It’s going to be a lot of fun.”
The game kicks off at 7:00 p.m. Friday night from Stocker Stadium.