In Southwest Michigan, it gets no bigger than Lakeshore-St. Joe

Notre Dame-USC may be the talk of Michiana and most of the college football world in terms of huge rivalry games on Saturday.

But when it comes to high school football in Southwest Michigan, all the talk is about Lakeshore-St. Joe this Friday night at Dickinson Stadium.

Both rivals enter the contest with 6-1 records and first place in the Southwest Athletic Conference is on the line.

With just five miles separating the respective schools, its a game that brings up just about everyone in the various communities.

"I don't know how much work is being done out at Whirlpool," Lakeshore head coach Denny Dock joked. "I know there are a lot of best being made probably."

"It's fun. It's two great communities---we're playing football on Friday night and someone is going to brag for a while."

Lakeshore owned the rivalry for many years before St. Joe won three in a row beginning in 2007. The Lancers won the last meeting last year in the District Championship.

"It's always a great time of the year," Bears head coach Elliot Uzelac explains. "It's great for both communities, both football programs."

"The student bodies for both schools get all fired up. It will be a big game."

Both coaches believe the rivalry being so even as of late has raised the level of both programs.

Over the last two years, the winner of the district championship game between the two has gone on to reach the state semifinals.

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