There are two types of rivalries, one that is a serious local rivalry such as Lawton High and Eisenhower. And then there are rivalries that just don't seem to make sense but that always produce wild, exciting games.
That is the category where the Lawton High-Mustang rivalry resides and another chapter of this exciting series will be played tonight at 7 p.m. at Broncho Stadium in Mustang and once again a playoff spot is on the line.
The numbers show just what we mean by an exciting rivalry. Over the past 10 seasons, LHS has owned a 7-3 advantage, which is nothing major in and of itself. However, when the scores are listed, it shows the explosive nature of this game each season.
Here are the past 10 scores: 2002 Mustang 24-0; 2003 Mustang 28-16; 2004 LHS 47-20; 2005 LHS 31-22; 2006 LHS 51-45; 2007 LHS 29-22; 2008 Mustang 40-19; 2009 LHS 27-14; 2010 LHS 30-29; and 2011 LHS 40-14.
Both coaches know all about the rivalry, and both have a pretty good idea why it's become a fan favorite.
"I think that since we both run a fast-tempo, spread offense that it just makes for exciting games," LHS coach Randy Breeze said. "Ty (Mustang coach Prestidge) is one of the good guys in coaching; he is one of my good friends in this business. We were both at Cameron at the same time and we both have a great deal of respect for each other's programs.
"Those guys do a great job of throwing the ball all over the field; stretching your defense and trying to get you to make a mistake. They throw a lot of short routes, basically that is their running game. We probably take the ball downfield a little more, but we both like to strike in a hurry and that is something fans enjoy."