Purcell and Washington will play the annual Warriors for Freedom football game this Friday at Conger Field.
The Warriors for Freedom ceremony will begin at 6:30 p.m. with kickoff set for 7 p.m.
This year in addition to it being a natural rivalry the game is also a district game so the stakes will be even higher for the winning team.
Both teams are coming off a bye week with Washington a perfect 3-0 while Purcell comes in at 1-2.
“I always look forward to the Warriors for Freedom game,” Washington Head Coach Brad Beller said.
“Football is very important but what we have the opportunity to do would not be possible without our veterans and active military working and fighting to protect our freedoms,” Beller continued.
“The bye week came at a good time for us since we have had some injuries,” the coach said. “We really feel like we are playing really good football right now.”
Beller said he and his staff look forward to playing against Tracy Scott and his staff.
“Coach Scott and his staff do a great job. They always have their athletes well prepared. They play great technique. It’s fun to go against coaches you know and respect,” Beller said.
Purcell Head Coach Tracy Scott is also excited about the pregame ceremony.
“We’ll have honorary captains do the coin flip and get a game ball,” Scott said of the ceremony honoring our veterans and active military.
The Purcell Fire Department will be providing a ladder truck to fly a flag and there will be a halftime drum-off between the two bands.
As far as the game goes Scott said the Warriors are really good on defense.
“They are a little younger on offense but they are getting better and better on that side of the ball every week,” Scott said.
Scott said Washington’s sophomore quarterback (Jaxon Hendrix) “throws it well.
“And, he’s got two big receivers on the outside and the two inside guys are pretty good athletes as well,” Scott said.
Masks will be required at the game.
“We are preselling game tickets at the high school from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily,” Purcell Athletic Director Carol Testa said.