EAGLE POINT, Ore--- The rivalry between Crater and Eagle Point is rooted deeply in relationships. The student-athletes who play for Crater (4-0) and Eagle Point (2-3) grow up in close proximity, often playing each other as early as Pop Warner.
Friday's game between the Comets and Eagles may be the most evenly-matched it has been in years. The possibility Eagle Point beating Crater for the first time since 2016 is looming in the minds of the Eagles.
"Super important to me because this year if we do beat them it would be my first time since I was in like third grade," said Eagle Point senior Isaiah Hill. "For my guys I know it is important becasue it's the same thing for them. They are going to be a tough team but ain't nothing we can't beat."
The Crater players are taking a different approach. The confidence of having dominated Eagle Point for some time has the Comets not fearing the Eagles, but also preparing for a serious challenge.
"I wouldn’t really call it a rivalry because they havent beaten us at all when I have been here," said Crater's Caden Lasater. "They haven’t beat me my whole life but the bragging rights are nice, I guess."
Crater and Eagle Point will settle it on live TV at 7:00 p.m. on Friday. You can watch NewsWatch 12's Friday Night Blitz Game of the Week on KDRV Antenna Classics.
Highlights of the game will also be shown on the Friday Night Blitz at 11:15 p.m.