When it comes to high football rivalries, it doesn't get more heated than the one between Elkins and Buckhannon-Upshur.
The two foes will rekindle that burning flame tonight when the undefeated Tigers entertain the Buccaneers for a Big 10 Conference matchup.
Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. at Wimer Stadium.
"Elkins and Buckhannon-Upshur has always been a big rivalry," Elkins coach Greg Hott said. "I've been coaching football for 25 years and I don't remember a lot of games we played. But I do remember most of the ones we played against Buckhannon-Upshur."
Buccaneer coach Bill Struble is downplaying the rivalry and wants his squad to look at the game in a different way.
"We're going into it like it's just another game," Struble said. "The fans look at as a big rivalry, but our main focus is stop their offense, because they have a lot of weapons that can hurt you."
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The Tigers are off to a 2-0 start, due mostly in part to what their offense has accomplished through the first two games. Elkins has not only scored 100 points in its two wins, but has also put up close 800 yards of total offense.
L.J. Lawrence and Clayton Collett have both had 100-yard rushing games this season for the Tigers.
After falling to a pair of quality opponents in Bridgeport and University in its first two contests, Buckhannon-Upshur will bring an 0-2 record into the game.
But Hott says that the Bucs' record isn't indicative of how B-U has played in its first two games.
"They're a real physical football team," Hott said. "They jumped out to the lead in both of their games against two very good teams. We know they have a good team and they will be ready to play."
The Bucs will lean on Seth Cutright to lead the attack on offense. Quarterback Pat Crim and fullback Philip Petrulak will also look to contribute.
"B-U is going to run power and they have a good passing game," Hott said. "Cutright can really run with ball and Petrulak can do a lot of different things."
Elkins has won the last two games in the rivalry, including rolling to a 51-27 victory in last year's matchup.
"The games against Buckhannon-Upshur are always real physical," Hott said. "The game is always a battle no matter who has done what up to that point. A lot games, the underdog, or the team not playing as well, has came away with the win."