Since they began playing in 1982, each time Barnwell and Silver Bluff have met on the football field the game has meant something.
Whether it was late in the season to decide the region champion, or one of their many playoff battles, the Bulldogs and Warhorses have played 45 games over the past 35 years.
For the first time in the history of their rivalry, the schools will square off as non-region foes Friday night. Although it won’t carry the usual postseason implications, the teams aren’t changing the way they approach the game.
“Our kids know the history,” Barnwell head coach, Dwayne Garrick, said. “They understand the importance of the rivalry. They know it’s important to both communities. They understand the tradition at both places, so yeah, there’s still a rivalry there. It just happens to be a little earlier in the season this year. I say there’s not as much on the game because it’s not a region game, but there’s always something on [this] game.”
“These guys know what it’s like because parents and family members played in [this game],” Silver Bluff head coach, De’Angelo Bryant, said. “These kids hear about it 365 days a year, so there are bragging rights at stake for both teams.”
Barnwell has won two straight over Silver Bluff, but the Bulldogs lead the all-time series 30-15.
The game begins at 7:30 on MeTV.