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KENNEWICK, Wash -- When it comes to rivalries, it does not get much bigger than Kennewick versus Kamiakin. Even the coaches know the game has extra meaning.

"Whenever we play another Kennewick school it has a little something special, and with Kamiakin being so good for so long, we just want to go out and compete against them," said Bill Templeton, Kennewick head coach.

The game Friday night has all the makings of a classic. The game features two 3-0 teams. Dating back to last season, the Lions have won eight games in a row. A chance to take down their crosstown rival has the players even more amped up.

"I'm sure everybody will be down there a little bit earlier than usual just getting pumped up. We got a boom box in the locker room so we got the music going getting everybody pumped up," said Troy Fulton, senior linebacker.

The seniors for Kennewick have never beaten Kamiakin. It is a game they have ve been circling on their calendars for a whole year. To say they want to beat them would be putting it lightly.

This might be the year the lions get it done. The Lions 'D' has allowed just six points all season. On offense, senior quarterback Bryce Leavitt has the team averaging more than 40 points per game. For the seniors, a win tomorrow would mean a whole lot.

"I really want to beat them. We haven't beat them since I've been in high school and it would make it awesome to win my senior year," said Chase Reining, senior wide receiver.

The game Friday will not decide who wins the Big 9 Conference, but a win over Kamiakin does come with in-town bragging rights.

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