One of the area's best rivalry games is back to producing games with major implications.
On Friday night, 6-1 Jimtown will host undefeated Bremen with first place in the Northern State Conference on the line.
It's back to being a major game because Bremen is back.
Before Bob Holmes arrival in 2010, the Lions had not produced a winning season since 1999.
Holmes arrived last year and turned it all around. Bremen finished the year 9-4 and won a 2A Sectional Championship. It was a win over Jimtown in week 8 that gave the Lions players and community the confidence that this team can get it done.
Bremen's lost just one game since then and Holmes is 16-4 in two seasons.
"I'm just humbled to be a part of it," Holmes said Tuesday. "It's a great community with great tradition."
In many ways, the Lions post-season begins this week. They have battles with Jimtown and Glenn to close out the regular season. Bremen has to win both to capture the NSC conference title outright.
A 2nd straight win over the Jimmies won't be easy. Since a 28-2 loss in week one, Jimtown hasn't lost.
The Jimtown-Bremen rivalry was built on both programs being so strong and having to play each other every year in sectionals. Bill Sharpe and Don Bunge built powerhouses and a rivalry was born.
After a dip in the 2000s, the importance of this game is back. The two teams can no longer meet in sectionals because Jimtown is now in 3A and Bremen is in 2A. So this week is the next best thing.
"Bremen-Jimtown rivalry is just something special," Holmes says. "We're looking forward to renewing our rivalry. We hope its a very hard hitting game on the field--I'm sure its going to be and I'm sure the best team is going to win."
Kickoff is set for 7:30 Friday night at Knepp Field.