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Lions and Bears battle for Traveling Trophy

One of the oldest rivalries in Texas high school football will take back to the gridiron this Friday night, as the New Boston Lions will play host to the DeKalb Bears.

The Lions are 0-1 after a loss to Paul Pewitt last week and the Bears are 1-0 after blanking Prairiland 35-0, but all of that matters little this week as the two teams are pretty evenly matched, and either side could win.

For New Boston, the lionshare of the effort to take down the Bears will come on the feet of the swift and the sturdy.

Kyle Atkinson is always a threat to score and eat up yardage. Atkinson had 87 yards and a touchdown last week, on just four carries. Treycen Thomas is getting touches too and he is a good compliment to Atkinson. The Lions put 14 points on the board last week, they will have to do more to beat the Bears.

NB Head Coach and AD Justin Waltz said today, “DeKalb is a tough, physical team that plays hard.”

And he is right.

The Bears pounded the Prairiland Patriots last week with 35 unanswered points, and their defense was firing on all cyclinders. They held the Patriots’ offense to just 180 yards of total offense and kept them out of the endzone for four quarters.

That will be the challenge this week for NB’s Atkinson, Thomas, Trent Graham and the rest of the squad.

Offensively, the Bears and running back Timon Proby and QB Kole Dooley obviously know how to score points. Will the Lions’ D be up to the test?

As in a lot of high school football games the decision will likely be decided up front on the lines. Whoever has their big boys doing the most pushing and shoving will walk away victorious at the end.

As the saying goes, this is football, and that pigskin can bounce funny sometimes, so this one is up for grabs.

One thing I do know for sure, this will be a great night to be a fan, whether you are wearing orange or maroon.

Two great bands will be on the field with cheerleaders, majorettes, mascots and all of the hoopla and spirit of high school football. A little bird even told me that the two bands might have a surprise for us.

And hey, according to those pesky weather folks, we might get the game in this year without having to change fields in the middle.

So, who will go home with the Traveling Trophy?

Nope, not me. You aren’t going to get me to answer that question.

See you at the game.

Bowie County Citizens Tribune

139 E.N. Front Street
New Boston, Texas 75570