Photo by Kate Zuverink
Story by J.D. McKay
When thinking of FC’s biggest rivals, New Albany, Providence, and Jeffersonville all come to mind. Those are the three closest schools to FC and our three biggest rivals for all sports. Now, looking more specifically at football, New Albany is definitely our biggest rival. Even though it is pretty one sided with my class, never losing to the Dogs and only having one close game, playing for that Anchor has been my favorite part of plying high school football so far. However, there has been another football rivalry brewing.
The game that has not been declared a rivalry yet, but should be, is the game against Bedford North Lawrence. BNL is typically a solid team in the conference and is very well coached by Steve Weber. They typically have a pretty big and good offensive line and like to pound their options game behind it. One of the guys I have really liked playing against on their o-line was number 66, Cale Bunch. He was probably the best o-lineman I played against in the HHC. That kind of football is hard to stop, so even when BNL is not the better team, they will keep it close.
The game is becoming a rivalry because it is almost always a close game. I have played in five Bedford games. Only one was more than a two-score game, and the 2017 game was won on a touchdown with under one minute left. This year, we have a seven-point win, and a 14-point win, and the regular season game last year ended with two coaches ejected, and a six-point loss. My class ended 3-2 vs the Stars.
Now that I have explained why this is developing into a rivalry, I will give some future suggestions to make it more significant. A trophy would make this a bigger deal, and I have some ideas. Bedford is considered the Limestone Capital of the World, so a small limestone slab as the trophy would be pretty cool. Some other trophy ideas that are pretty common but not bad are bells, or a bucket or barrel.
Our school also needs to view this as a bigger game. This has been one fo the closest game over the past couple years. But I think since we typically beat Bedford pretty easily in other sports, students assume it will go the same way in football. Hopefully in the next couple of years, students will view this game as a rivalry and an exciting game.
This rivalry will never be the same as New Albany. Bedford is much farther than New Albany, and not really a rival in any other sport. However, for the fans that only go to one game a year, the closest and often most exciting game is Bedford. It is a budding rivalry between two pretty good programs. It is about time to start treating it that way.