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There goes the neighborhood: Summit, Indy rivalry something to look forward to

Tomorrow night marks the first ever football game between Summit High School and Independence High School. The two Spring Hill schools hold the perfect formula to become another neighborhood rivalry in Williamson County. Second year Summit Spartan head coach, Scot Keasler isn’t so sure of that yet.

“Obviously they had friendships when they were younger,” Keasler said. “The way I look at it, it’s not a rivalry. We’ve never played them before. They’re a 10-year-old school and we’re a three-year-old school. They’re established and we are still working to build the program. To me it’s not a rivalry. All the talk of the rivalry business is for the fans because we are close but a lot of schools are close.”

Other schools have been in similar situations like Brentwood and Ravenwood when the latter opened its doors in 2002 and Franklin when Centennial opened in 1996. These schools are now a part of a neighborhood rivalry that brings intensity to all high school athletics in Williamson County. Keasler knows what this will become, but doesn’t think it’s quite there yet.

“From a coaching standpoint, we’re not there yet, and they are there,” Keasler said. “It is going to be fun. It’s a neighborhood rivalry as far as that gritty, not hate, but just getting after each other. We are ready to go play and we’re excited. It’s gonna get there and it’s going to be huge, and I really believe that. Looking at scores between Heritage (Middle School) and Spring Station (Middle School), they have all been close.”

Independence has scheduled the first meeting between the Eagles and Spartans for Homecoming, and the school’s 10th anniversary.

“I don’t blame them for doing that,” Keasler said. “I think it’s a great idea for school spirit and they will have a great pep rally. I don’t mind all that. Personally, as a coach I can’t stand Homecoming. To me all it is is a distraction. So hopefully they get distracted.”

A distracted Independence Eagles team would benefit the Spartans greatly. Independence is one of the most talented teams in the mid-state and the first two weeks have proven that. Independence has outscored their opponents 77-20 so far. Work as usual is how Summit has approached this shortened, Holiday week.

“We came in on Labor Day at the same time (as a normal Monday),” Keasler said. “Having a younger program we’re still getting used to things. I try to keep everything the same. Kids do not respond well when you break their routine. We know how good they are. They are extremely talented. We’re just going to go play. Our goal is to get better and we’ll let the chips fall wherever they fall.”

Posted on: 9/5/2013


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