For the first time since 1950, these two border towns will meet on the gridiron! This should provide quite the scene at Nelson Field in Week 3.
According to the Bellaire record book, the Big Reds and Tigers met 29 times from 1909 to 1950. To no surprise, Bellaire dominates the series with 24 wins, 2 losses and 3 ties. The 2 Shadyside wins came in 1934 and 1943.
I wonder how long it will take theses 2 teams, not to mention the 2 fan bases, to go from "friendly rivals" to something else!
For a very early prediction, I will pick Bellaire to win, 40-28. The difference is that the Big Reds have a little bit more experience and a little bit more depth -- and they are playing at home.
I heard Bellaire will be involved in 4 "game of the week" broadcasts this season. Can anyone confirm that?
(@ Creek, Ferry, Shadyside and St.C)
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Pride~Spirit~Tradition & HEART
This game will require everyone to get their ticket and arrive very early (if you want a seat). My dad used to take us to this game and we would end up sitting in the grass by the flagpole. Then a trip to Gulla's. Everyone I talk to in Shadyside are so happy this game is finally going to be played again. See that Bellaire is already being predicted to beat my Tigers. Well, I'm sure these kids read these posts and will rise to the challenge game time. Should be a really good game.
I hope everyone keeps telling the Big Reds that they will run away with it. The Tigers love that. The final will look like a basketball game with the Tigers shocking the overconfident Big Reds
The only people predicting Bellaire will "run away with it" are non-Bellaire people on this site.
The players know this game will be just as difficult (if not more) as any other game on their schedule.
When Shadyside starts playing Creek, St.C, Harrison, Edison and Ferry - then they can run their mouths
Pride~Spirit~Tradition & HEART
Last edited by tiger77; 06-27-2013 at 11:47 PM.
I don't think a 40-28 score is picking anyone to "run away with it." I just think Bellaire has a better chance to get a couple of stops on Shadyside than Shadyside has of getting those stops on Bellaire.
You don't see any Shadyside faithful "running their mouths" here. There's not 1 thread that says Shadyside will go 10-0. Theres several saying Bellaire will. But, I do give Bellaire credit where credit is due. They took this game knowing if they lose, they got beat by D-VII Shadyside, If they win, it's just another game they should win, big deal. I love the fact that the smashmouth football games are alive again in Shadyside. And no one can complain about the excitement and the amount of money the gate will see because of this game. 2 struggling school districts for 1 game can enjoy a little money, and a brand new rivalry. I say put this one on the schedule every year. Even if Shadyside is on the losing end, its an exciting week and game. I won't miss this one.
Just like years ago when Brooke played Big Red, although not a close game, the two teams and buildup was amazing.
This year, Park vs Big Red may have the same making, if both teams go in about 7-1 or such, that stadium could be wall to wall.
But as you said early, WAY TO EARLY, not sure who has what and injuries may come into play.
When this game was scheduled I cleared my calender for that date so that I could make certain that I would be there for this game and I am really looking forward to these 2 programs getting together on the gridiron for the first time since 1950.
This is a landmark game and event for the Valley.
As a neutral observer I am excited to see this game being played. It is a great thing for both schools and for the valley football fans. It sort of reminds me of the old Moundsville and Union rivalry. Still hate MooseMeat!!!