Social Media Director
September 15, 2016
This Friday, Atholton will take on the Gators. Despite a tough loss to Long Reach last week, the Raiders are still poised to make a great run and perhaps make the playoffs for the first time in four years. Many players use games like this not only as extra motivation, but also as a way to redirect their season and get back on track. These games can be the turning point in a team’s season. No matter the records of the two opponents, these games have something extra to it that creates a huge momentum boost to the winner despite how the previous games went. Last year, Reservoir was 0-2 until they played Atholton, and it’s apparent that the victory boosted their morale and ultimately propelled them to a state semifinals appearance. Not only will the stadium be filled with students, but with both teams not getting off to the start they wanted (Atholton 1-1, Reservoir 0-2) makes this game all the more important.
Reservoir has replaced River Hill as our main rival in the past couple of years. Both schools are relatively the same distance away from Atholton, and all three draw from the same middle schools, so it’s not entirely obvious as to why Reservoir is now priority number one in athletics over River Hill. Although, if people used districting lines to accurately show a school’s main rival, then Wilde Lake would be the number one rival for Atholton. Also, Wilde Lake and Atholton completely split Wilde Lake Middle School in half as one of their main draw schools. Although Wilde Lake is up there as a possible rival, they are a very loose rival as both schools have other teams on their mind.
Both these schools have so much history in great games in such a short time of this rivalry. Whenever these teams play, its always important, and it will almost always be a great game. As the two rivals take the field on Friday, one thing is for sure, it will surely be a dogfight to the finish line and one of the most memorable games of the year.
These rivalries and animosities towards other schools can sometimes escalate into trash talking on the field. Sometimes, leftover feelings towards another school can even be spilt onto social media outlets such as Twitter. Following last week’s game between Mt. Hebron and Centennial, many players furiously took to Twitter to display their disgust for the other team. In fact, Atholton was even in a Twitter beef with Mt. Hebron following the Raiders big win against the Vikings on Homecoming last year. Many Atholton athletes have been saying that there will plenty of trash talking and kind words between them and Reservoir this Friday. Will this game end up in an altercation on Twitter? We will have to wait and see.
Both these schools have so much history in great games in such a short time of this rivalry. Whenever these teams play, it’s always important, and it will almost always be a great game. As the two rivals take the field on Friday, one thing is for sure, it will surely be a dogfight to the finish line and one of the most memorable games of the year.