Justin McNulty ’20:

Rivalry. A competition for the same objective or for a superiority in the same field.

Common rivalries exist between companies, sports teams, and even people.

Athletes live for the chance to embarrass and defeat the team that they’ve learned to dislike.

This Friday that opportunity presents itself for Romeo.

On September 14th, the Eisenhower Eagles travel to Barnabo Field to take on the Bulldogs in the latest edition of this classic MAC Red rivalry.

Eisenhower, hungry to improve on their 1-2 record, looks to bounce back after a 45-25 loss suffered at the hands of Chippewa Valley last week.

Meanwhile, Romeo sits at 2-1, undefeated in MAC Red play after defeating Sterling Heights Stevenson 52-34 in the 10th annual Watchdog game this past week.

The Bulldogs look to avenge their 34-0 loss to the Eagles from last season, and end a four game losing stint against Eisenhower dating back to 2014.

“The atmosphere is the thing I look most forward too when it comes to the Ike game, especially with this season, since we are playing in honor our brother. It’s important that we execute and come away with the victory because I know he will be watching over us on Friday,” Receiver, Ryan Heimbuch ’19 said.

Shying away from the traditional ‘neon out’ student section theme against Ike, the Dawgpound elects to wear yellow in this year’s rivalry game in honor of Gavin Miller, who tragically passed away this past May. Additionally, Eisenhower’s student section plans to match the Dawgpound by wearing yellow bandanas and accessories to pay their respects, a great act of sportsmanship from the Eagles.

Yellow towels will be made available for purchase before the game, as well as school lunch hours. This gives students a chance to donate to the Gavin Miller Foundation, while matching the student section theme.

Given the okay to sport yellow accessories, players also plan on wearing yellow towels and tape on Friday.

“We encourage everyone to come out and support the team this Friday and do so while honoring Gavin with the yellow out. We had the idea of honoring him the first home game, but since it was Watchdog week we decided with his family that it would be best to honor him by going all out in yellow this week. And Ike’s willingness to put the rivalry aside and join us with the theme makes this week extra special, ” Dawgpound leader, Blake McRae ’19 said.

Come out and support your Bulldogs on Friday and make sure to wear yellow to the game.

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