Amador Valley High and crosstown rival Foothill compete against each other in Pleasanton's equivalent of a college bowl at 7 p.m. tonight on the Foothill football field.
"I know it sounds like a stupid cliche, but this game is always a dog fight," said Matt Sweeney, Foothill's coach in an interview for the Pleasanton Weekly by reporter Dennis Miller. "Our league is set up as such, that a great natural rivalry occurs the last game of the season. It's just a great thing about high school sports."
Amador's coach Rick Sira agrees.
"It's a unique rivalry," Sira said in the interview. "Everybody in the community gets into it. Our kids want to beat Foothill every year and I know their kids want to beat us. But these are kids who are friends, have grown up together and played junior football together. It's a friendly, good and healthy rivalry. It's special."
Rallies are being held on both campuses today before Amador fans make their way across town to the Foothill campus, where they'll be greeted by banners reading: "Make Pleasanton blue tonight."
The game will be videotaped by TV30, Pleasanton's community television station, and rebroadcast over the weekend.