QUINCY, Ill. (WGEM) -- It's happened the last six seasons in succession, it's going to happen again on Friday night, but it won't happen next season.
Quincy Notre Dame and Peoria Richwoods will match wits on the gridiron for all the Mid-State 6 marbles.
And it's the final time they will play as members of the same conference.
The Raiders depart for the West Central Conference next fall while the Knights will join the newly formed Mid-West 10 Football Conference in 2013.
It all comes down to this with the winner having bragging rights - forever.
"Richwoods is our rival," senior Nick Weiman said.
"When you (play against) a big school like this the atmosphere is like a playoff game. Everyone comes out here and we all get fired up."
Fellow senior Ben Holtschlag says it's even more vital to win considering it could be QND's final home game in 2012.
"It means a lot to all of the seniors," Holtschlag indicated.
"We would like to come out on top and that's what we're going to come out and try to do."
Senior Chad Thompson says it will boil down to who executes better.
"If we can gang tackle, get off the ball, and get on them early, hopefully we should have a chance at the very end."
Friday's winner-take-all at 10th and Jackson kicks off at 7 p.m. The radio broadcast with Eric Ervin and Matt Schuckman begins at 6:30 on ESPN 1440 and WGEM.com.
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