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Rivalry growing between HOCO and Northside

The HOCO Locos get fired up prior to the Bears' 2016 home game against Northside. /(Luke Hetrick, WGXA)

WARNER ROBINS, GA -- Arguably the biggest high school football rivalry in Georgia is the annual meeting between Northside and Warner Robins.

Legendary players, coaches, and performances have made the yearly meeting at the Mac one of Georgia's special rivalries. As the Demons hold a 34-25 series lead, a new rivalry is emerging in the area's landscape.

The rise of Houston County has been well documented the past few seasons. For years, the Bears were unable to gain control of the area as the Demons and Eagles continued competing for state titles.

While Northside has owned Warner Robins the last decade in the rivalry, the Eagles have a bone to pick with HOCO who have knocked off the blue and orange two years in a row.

"This is a blessing that we've been able to win as many years as we have," said Northside Head Coach Kevin Kinsler. "We play a lot of people where we get their best game. Of course the last few years, the Houston rivalry has become a big thing and I think it's great for our community."

HOCO has now earned respect not only in the Middle Georgia area but all across the GHSA. The late-season meeting between the Bears and Eagles has become must-watch football in the county and in the state.

"It's a great moment for the city to have that because it's been a long time since HOCO's been on the map like we are now," said HOCO Senior Branden Kenny. "I'm excited about it."

The Eagles hold a 17-2 series lead over the Bears. The two schools will meet October 27 at McConnell Talbert Stadium.

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