December 22, 2014

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School pride riding on Elyria, Lorain rivalry football game

Workers on Thursday were completing the initial phase of construction on the new scoreboard at Ely Stadium. BRUCE BISHOP/CHRONICLE

Workers on Thursday were completing the initial phase of construction on the new scoreboard at Ely Stadium. BRUCE BISHOP/CHRONICLE

ELYRIA – A Pioneer in blue? A Titan in red?

A mix-up of sorts could very well take place depending on the outcome of the much anticipated football game between Elyria High School and Lorain High School.

That’s because the game – the varsity football teams have not played each other in almost a decade – has sparked a bit of friendly competition and rivalry between the two schools located just 10 miles apart.

The winner of this Friday’s 7 p.m. football game at Ely Stadium will earn bragging rights and the losing school’s principal, associate principal and athletic director will wear spirit wear from the winning school during a school day in September or October.

The losers will also buy lunch.

It is being billed as the “Grid Iron Battle” and everyone is hoping for a good game.

Elyria Principal Tom Jama said the two schools may not have played each other on the field in recent history, but like to go head-to-head in other ways.

Last December, the rivalry was resurrected with a canned food drive competition sponsored by the Salvation Army.

Elyria High is currently in possession of the traveling trophy that was up for grabs in that competition. It will once again come into play when the two schools resume the canned food competition in December.

For now, it’s all about football.

And, even the respective cities’ elected officials are getting in on the action.

Lorain Mayor Chase Ritenauer and Elyria Mayor Holly Brinda have made a friendly wager that hinges on the fate of the game. The loser will wear the opposing school’s jersey at the next City Council meeting.

“We have talked about having dinner before so I guess that can be on the line, too,” Ritenauer said. “I know we are the underdogs but Lorain is an up-and-coming program. I think we will be ready for Elyria.”

If you are planning to go to the game …

  • There will be shuttle service by First Student buses from the West Avenue parking lot at Elyria High School to Ely Stadium. The shuttles will begin at 5:30 p.m. and will run continuously until the game is over and all spectators have been returned to their cars.
  • Advance tickets for the game will be on sale in the Athletic Office from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Admission for adults is $6 and students are $4. During the school day anyone wishing to purchase tickets will need to sign in through the main office. In the evening, anyone wishing to purchase tickets can enter through Door O off the student parking lot and come directly to the Athletic Office.
  • Ticket gates will open at 5:30 p.m. Friday at Ely Stadium.

Follow our coverage during and after the game, along with other area games, on our Blitz page.