Separated by a mere 10 miles by land or nautical miles by sea or actually lake - depending on the route - the Chapel Hill Bulldogs and the Whitehouse Wildcats are the fiercest of rivals.
The teams, along with the cheerleaders and drills teams, will bring the Lake Tyler Rivalry and pageantry of high school football to the Rose City Thursday night, kicking off the 14th Annual Christus Trinity Mother Frances Football Classic.
Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. on Earl Campbell Field at CTMF Rose Stadium.
The remainder of the schedule has Ennis (0-1) visiting John Tyler (1-0) on Friday night with Corsicana (1-0) taking on Tyler Lee (1-0) at 11:30 a.m. Saturday.
Fans should be treated some high-caliber play as Chapel Hill and Whitehouse enter with 1-0 records.
The Bulldogs are scheduled to be the home team and will try to snap the Wildcats' five-game winning streak in the series that is now tied at 14-14-2.
Jason Hooker, the former Brownsboro coach, led his Bulldogs to a 48-37 victory over Wills Point last week in Wills Point.
Hunter Branin, a junior running back, led the Bulldogs with 201 yards rushing, including three touchdowns on just 15 carries. Two quarterbacks - junior Jaxon Heckel and sophomore Khalan Griffin - played against the Tigers. Griffin tossed two TD passes and rushed for 40 yards on 10 carries. Heckel threw for 141 yards and two touchdown passes, hitting on 7 of 8 passing attempts.
Senior receiver Demarcus Attaway had six catches for 152 yards and four touchdowns. Linebacker Adrian Berry and Joshuah Lee each had interceptions.
Adam Cook is entering his fifth season as the Wildcats head coach and holds a 4-0 record against the Bulldogs.
The Wildcats opened the season with an impressive 27-10 victory over Hallsville last week in Hallsville.
Quarterback Jake Clemons led the Wildcats by throwing for 177 yards and two touchdowns. Junior Cameron Cantrell, who has committed to Texas Tech, hauled in nine catches for 55 yards and a TD.
Running back Clayton Cook carried 18 times for 93 yards and two TDs.
Defensive back Javier Neal, who is also a star on the basketball court, had an interception. Other standout defenders included Texas State-San Marcos defensive line commit Trevor Lawrence, DL Christian Owens, DL Darius Trimble and linebacker KJ McDade.
CTMF FOOTBALL CLASSIC
Tickets for the Christus Trinity Mother Frances Football Classic are available at the Tyler ISD Athletic Office, Plyler Complex, 807 W. Glenwood, or by visiting https://tylerisd.brushfireapp.com/classic.
Advanced ticket prices are: adult general admission ($6), student general admission ($4), all reserved seats ($9, JT & Lee only) and all general admission tickets at the gate ($7).
Each ticket purchased is good for $3 off of a general admission ticket to any other CTMF Football Classic game. They are redeemable at the TISD Athletic Office and stadium ticket booths.
Passes will not be honored for The Classic Games; this includes THSCA, TGCA, Tyler ISD Athletic Pass and Tyler ISD Employee Badges.
The game schedule is:
Thursday, Sept. 7: Whitehouse Wildcats vs. Chapel Hill Bulldogs, 7:30 p.m.;
Friday, Sept. 8: Ennis vs. John Tyler, 7:30 p.m.;
Saturday, Sept. 9: Corsicana vs. Tyler Lee, 11:30 a.m.