Hometown Lenders Game of the Week: Austin vs Decatur

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Last week we were at Madison City Stadium for James Clemens and Grayson. This Friday, we will be at Decatur as the Red Raiders host Austin in the 57th match-up of the River City rivalry.

WHNT News 19 Sports Director Rocco DiSangro will be out there live at 5 and 6 so be sure to stop by and say hi!

Austin didn't always have to travel here to play a football game. Just a few years ago, Ogle Stadium was their home field as well.

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The Black Bears are looking for their fifth win in a row tonight in this game while Decatur hopes to end that losing skid.

Austin is coming off of a 45-14 victory over Hartselle in their first game of the season

And year after year this team has proven it's capable of making a run, in fact, the black and orange haven't missed out on the playoffs since 2014.

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Decatur began their season on a Thursday night with a 45-14 loss but you know what they say with rivalry games, all records get thrown out the window. Last season this one was an offensive shootout

Here are head coaches Jere Adcock and Jeremy Perkins on what the River City rivalry means to their programs

"It's a fun game to play in," said Austin Head Football Coach Jeremy Perkins. "A lot of pressure on the coaches but we get to enjoy it and we like to have good environments packed stands, loud environments, and kids get to do that they get to play their friends."

"It's very unique because I've been in great rivalries before but never except for this place where you're in the same town," said Decatur Head Football Coach Jere Adcock. "I mean these kids go to church with each other, some of them date people at the other high school so they know each other well."

The Black Bears rolled to their 5th River City rivalry win in a row, 56 to 14 the final score.

"We got a lot of respect for Decatur High. They're always ready to play. We came out hot tonight. I'm proud of my team the way they handled things. I think we scored on 7 out of 7 possessions. I thought we did our job there, we let up a couple of times. We've got to continue to improve though," said coach Perkins.

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