Faulkner and Huntingdon: New Cross-City Rivals

With the streets lined with cars and fans ready to go, Saturday's game looked like part of a long standing tradition.

However, this was the first match up between the Faulkner Eagles and the Huntingdon Hawks.

With fans cheering, the two teams battled it out on the field.  That alone is a sight many students have anticipated.

"We've wanted to have a big rivalry for a long time, and this is a good way to do it," said Jonathan Morgan, SGA Vice President at Faulkner University,

Organizers brought in extra bleachers for fans. They anticipated a high turnout at the ball game, but they never thought it would be packed, with standing room only around the field--and unwavering support from the community.

"Some people got on campus last night and stayed all night.  So, you know, this is something that we've worked for here, and it's finally come true for us," explained Buzz Phillips, Huntingdon's Athletic Director.

With the honor of winning that first game at stake, both schools know the significance of having competition close to home.

"It's hard to get a cross town rival anymore..and that's like the best kind because you can think about it all the time," Morgan said.

"You've got your 'Alabama-Auburns' and your 'Georgia-Georgia Techs,' but we've got two teams right in town," Phillips agreed.

Reporter:  Cody Holyoke