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See it now: King of the County game looms / August 07, 2019
Though Park View has won the King of the County football game against Bluestone for 16 seasons straight — most recently, a 32-30 down-to-the-wire thriller in 2018 — this contest is still one of the most attended and anticipated games of the season for both schools, students and adults alike.

The game was starting to lose some of its luster only seven seasons ago when PV delivered a 66-0 win over Bluestone in South Hill. But since that time, especially over the last five seasons, the teams have delivered very competitive games.

Last season’s game involved all what football should be about — motivated players, spectacular plays, great coaching on both sides, solid cheerleading and marching band competition and intense fan support. And let’s not leave out good food.

Some of the most recent contests have been decided by what many Barons fans considered referee-aided wins. But true or not, it’s all in the fun and competitiveness of what fans of both teams like about this matchup.

Look in the face of any player before, during or after these games and one can sense and see the extremely strong feelings these kids bring to the gridiron. And that also goes for former players of each school and the community at-large that attends.

Even the teachers at each school get whooped up for the King of the County series.

And with the county high schools scheduled to merge in 2023, there can be no doubt that this competitive spirit will continue for years to come. The schools may be merged, but memories will endure that it was an eastern or western end of county player that won the game.

And that’s okay because it’s nothing wrong with student-athletes and fans taking some pride in where they are from, what school they used to attend, or would have attended had the schools not combined.

As a matter of fact, this intrinsic pride will probably make the new merged football program better as players all around the county come together to elevate each other and work to build a VHSL state-title team.

The King of the County game is Sept. 6 at 7 p.m. at Bluestone.

But the really great thing about the KOTC game is it allows the community the opportunity to come together, talk a little trash, have some serious fun and then celebrate. So, make plans to attend this year’s game and get your best West-meets-East game face on.

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