Ryan Nawrocki ‘18, Adam Sebastian ‘19 & Justin McNulty ‘20:
Two schools, seven miles apart.
Two fan bases with bitter feelings towards each other.
On Friday, September 22, Romeo and Eisenhower renew their long standing rivalry. Arguably one of the biggest high school rivalries in the state, Romeo faces off against Eisenhower at the newly renovated Barnabo Field. This year intense rivalry continues. The Bulldogs haven’t beaten the Eagles since 2014, with two straight losses by three points and two points, respectively. Eisenhower puts their unbeaten 4-0 record on the line tonight, when they face 3-1 Bulldogs.
Romeo players could not be anymore excited to take the field and play on the new Barnabo turf against their biggest rivals.
“It adds more of an advantage because it’s on our new home field and a new year. We will have a bigger crowd then they will,” Luke Nikolla ‘18 said.
Not just a battle on the football field, this rivalry also extends to the stands.
“To me and to a lot of my friends on the football team, it means a lot,” Michael Miller ‘19 said. “This is one of our biggest games of the season. The Ike game is always competitive. It means a lot to everybody. They prepare really hard for this.”
The rivalry resonates within the two student sections as well as the two communities themselves. The communities come out in large numbers to show their support for their teams.
“It definitely brings all of Romeo together for this game. The game is always packed. The student section is going crazy. I think it just brings everybody together,” Miller said.
Adding to the excitement, the buildup for this rivalry game resonates at the high school all throughout week. As this game means so much for the fanbase especially, the students.
“I feel like the energy in the school is so much different during ‘Ike week’ as everyone is fired up with that competitive spirit,” Danny Vinckier ‘20 said.
Similar to last year, the Dawgpound plans on bringing their support with a neon out, getting fans even more hyped up for this intense clash.
“The neon really stood out last year and I was a big fan of it, so I’m beyond excited to go all out in neon again this year,” Vinckier said.
Suffering a bitter defeat last season, the Bulldogs look forward to getting their revenge.
Tonight, they have the opportunity to make their dream a reality.