Old Rivalry Reaches New Importance for East Limestone & Madison County

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Huntsville, Ala. - (WHNT) For the last 15 seasons it was just known that East Limestone and Madison County would meet in week one. The 2014 schedule shocked some people from those two schools. The programs decided not to play each other, but fate had other ideas. The Indians and Tigers are ready for their quarterfinal match-up Friday night and this time there's more on the line than ever.

"It's been a tough hard fought football game and good friendly rivalry the kids get after each other," East Limestone head coach Jeff Pugh said before practice on Monday. These games have been tight year in and year out, so Madison County head coach Scott Peavey expects nothing different. "Every game is determined by a last second field goal or last second touchdown or something crazy"

The all-time series is about as close as it gets with Madison County holding a 11-10 advantage. That stat is fun to talk about but can probably be thrown out the window Friday night. Both coaches agree the key to victory comes under center. Pugh and the Indians are game planning for a very versatile Tyler Gurley. "That Gurley kid is very good who can run the football and if you don't pay attention to what is going on he will pull it down and run."

Peavey also comes into the game with respect for Indians quarterback Brick Pugh. "The thing that separates them from teams in the past is their quarterback can really throw the ball so well. He does a great job of leading their team so to be successful we need to stop that."

Surely you recognized the similarity in name between Brick and Jeff. In-fact both coaches have sons who play vital roles on their teams. Just one more thing adding fuel to a fire that despite the schedule, never stopped burning.