It just so happens the schools will open HDL play and face each other in the first round of the rivalry match.
The games always mean something between the two Rail City schools. Students arrive in droves to fill the stands for the varsity games. This year though, the games mean a little more from the freshman to varsity levels with the introduction of the Mayor’s Cup.
Twelve Mayor’s Cup points will be up for grabs tonight. Varsity winners earns three points. JV winners earn two and freshman winners earn one point.
Reed High will host the two freshman games, while Spanish Springs has the JV and varsity games.
The varsity match-ups are intriguing. When the girls tip off at 6 p.m., the favored Raiders will be taking on a team that has many more games under its belt. The Spanish Springs girls sit at 7-1 on the season, have competed in a tournament and having played two games in California. The Cougars have also won both their Northern 4A league crossover games.
On the other hand, Reed has played Carson and that’s it so far this winter.
On the boys side, the Raiders also will be team will less game action. The Blue and Gold lost three tournament games before winning its first game a week ago against the Senators in league action.
Spanish Springs has played three more games and racked up a 5-2 mark in its seven games, including 1-1 in league.
But where the intrigue lies is with the Reed roster. Tonight will be the first time the Raiders will have their full complement of varsity players. Six football players, who were still strapping up on the gridiron until two weekends ago, needed a required five practices before being eligible for game play. This will be their first game of the season, and fans will see if they’re rusty or will the added depth help Reed compete?
The boys game is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.