Auburn, Ala. (EETV) - Football game set for Sept. 1 between high school rivalries Auburn and Opelika spark conversation within the community.
On Sept. 1, football fans and the surrounding Auburn-Opelika community alike will find the stakes raised under the Friday night lights as the Auburn Tigers and Opelika Bulldogs face off to compete for bragging rights in what is renowned as a deep-rooted rivalry.
According to AL.com, the 2014 reclassification and addition of Class 7A modified the current standings and regions of various football teams and opponents across the state of Alabama. While the reclassification affected the high schools and their new respective regions - Auburn High School moving from Class 6A to 7A and Opelika High School remaining in Class 6A - the ingrained rivalry remains a part of the community dating back to its early days in 1917.
The hometown rivalry has become a conversation that begins long before kickoff. Oanow.com broke down the Auburn Tigers’ offense and defense pre-season noting that the Tigers have both returners and experience on their team. Thus, it can be expected that the Bulldogs will bring their A-game as they compete on their home turf to hold last year’s title as reigning champs.
The game will be played at Opelika High School’s Bulldog Stadium with kickoff at 7 p.m. The rivalry is rumbling as tickets are already nearing sellout in the early week. The community can purchase tickets at select locations or buy online while tickets are still available or stream the game online at NFHS Network.