This doesn’t happen very often in the Apollo-Tech football rivalry, but it is this season.
When the St. Cloud school district’s two high schools meet at 7 p.m. Friday at Michie Field, it is more than for mere bragging rights.
Both teams are 5-1, including 3-0 in the Central Lakes Conference South Division.
The South Division championship is on the line, as is a potential top seed in Section 8-5A.
Throw all that in with two teams that know a whole about the other and it’s clearly a big game.
“I think we knew all year that this was going to be a big game,” Tech senior linebacker Riley Bates said. “Obviously, it’d be great if both were 6-0.
“But we’ve put that loss behind us. We know a whole lot about them. I know a lot of kids over there.”
Both teams have lost to Brainerd.
Tech fell 7-0 Sept. 27 in Collegeville in what was the Tigers’ home game.
Apollo lost 42-14 Sept. 20 at Brainerd.
Apollo beat Tech 26-20 last year, though the Tigers have dominated the series, leading it 32-12.
Before last season’s loss, Tech had beaten Apollo nine games in a row.
This year’s matchup will feature Apollo’s fine offense against Tech’s sturdy defense.
The Eagles mix the run and pass well, with junior quarterback Ben Alvord leading the way. His favorite targets are Noel Teigen, Jeremy Koffi and Cooper Lynch.
The operate behind an experienced line that features Dusty Cassens, Bryce Kirchner and Marcus Brunn.
Tech’s defense is strong, led by Riley, linebacker Austin Klaverkamp, defensive backs Philip Amundson, Josh Schaefer and Nolan Lortz and defensive lineman Noah Vogt.
Look out for a potential classic.