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Borden-Garden City matchup brings fans to six-man football

November 19, 2010

Photo Courtesy of Cynthia Esparza/San Angelo Standard-Times — Brett Chudej is just one of the key players for Garden City in tonight’s playoff game against Borden County.

GARDEN CITY — Name the time, date and place of the Garden City-Borden County football game and the urge to be there is evident.

Maybe more than most six-man football games, when these two teams hook up, fans flock to Gail, Garden City or in today’s case, Forsan at 7:30 p.m., hoping to see the epitome of six-man football.

The two teams faced each other in a 40-39 thriller during the regular season, with Garden City getting the upper hand. Now tonight, a lot more is on the line during the area round of the playoffs.

“This is one of those games that you look forward to playing,” Garden City coach Vance Jones said. “It’s a lot of pressure. You have two good teams, two defending state champs, the close game we had in the regular season. It’s one of those high-profile games.”

The winner of this one plays the winner of the Rankin-Ira game, also in Forsan.

Jones is expecting the atmosphere in the latest chapter of the Garden City-Borden County matchups to be just as electric as the last.

He noted there were a lot of fans in the stands for the regular-season game and that’s just one reason why this game is a little more special.
Players respond to that, too and Jones is expecting a game just as exciting as the one earlier this season.

“I think they step it up more because they have a lot of friends there who may not get to see them, family that may not get to see every game,” he said. “It’s pretty special when you get in the playoffs and play good opponents.”

That first game between the two teams has been the main focus for the Bearkats and probably the Coyotes, too. There haven’t been too many unfamiliar teams Jones has faced this season and Borden County is far from that.

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