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Marshfield vs. North Bend football game to decide Far West League champ

NORTH BEND, Ore. -- The civil war football game between Marshfield and North Bend is Friday night and there's a lot on the line this year for both the Pirates and the Bulldogs.

For the second year in a row, the civil war game will determine the Far West League Championship.

North Bend took the title last year but this time around it could be anyone's game; both teams are undefeated in league play and looking to win the title.

"From a rivalry standpoint you want to have bragging rights and you want to prove to your community that you're the team to beat," says North Bend junior Rich Rigney.

"I know we take it week by week, but we've been all looking forward to this game; can't wait," says Marshfield senior Ben Martin.

The Pirates have excelled in recent years, partly due to experience.

"We've been playing together since fifth grade and we have very high expectations," says Marshfield senior Justin Cooper.

Marshfield has had a nearly perfect year; their only loss was to Harrisburg in a game scheduled on short notice.

"We learned that we got to come ready to play every night and that you can't overlook a team based on conference or size or whatever," says Marshfield senior Rylee Trendell. "You have to come ready to play football because the other team is going to."

North Bend is a much younger team, but with a second place finish at state last year they're working hard to preserve a legacy.

"We've been playing really solidly as a team," North Bend junior Daniel Ferenczi says, "more now than at the beginning of the season."

A challenging non-conference schedule brought two losses for the Bulldogs early in the season, but they righted the ship in time for league play.

"Some kids had to step up and learn how to make plays for us and they've done that," North Bend head coach Gary Prince explains, "and we had to develop leadership within the team to kind of get the other kids headed in the right direction. They've accomplished that."

Like last year, the winner gets a guaranteed bye into the playoffs. Kickoff is Friday at 7 p.m. Vic Adams Field in North Bend.

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