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Cape Central, Jackson prepare for 'Rumble in the Jungle'

It's a game that spans generations. Cape Central vs. Jackson.

Two schools, just 11 miles apart, that have met on the football field for 100 years.

"It means everything," says Cape Central junior tight end/linebacker Jacob Boerbolum.

"I can't even sleep, I think about this so much," smiled Central senior nose tackle Chris Bryant.

"Hopefully one day I can tell my kids we beat Cape my senior year," Jackson senior linebacker Matt Zeller says wistfully.

The tigers have won 2 straight in the series, but prior to 2010, Jackson had dominated, winning 14 of 16.

"Ever since I was young I watched the Cape and Jackson game, the atmosphere was crazy, and I like to feel the atmosphere on the field," said Jackson junior running back Colten Proffer.

"You get a lot of people who come out for this football game," says Cape Central head coach Nathan Norman, who played football at Jackson. "This is the only game they see a year."

For those who have played in the rivalry, like Central coaches Steve Williams and Terrance Sterling, you never forget the wins...or the losses.

"We talk to our kids all week about, mine was 100 years ago, but I remember those games, and I remember the fact we beat Jackson all three years when I was in high school," recalls Williams, the Tigers offensive coordinator.

"I might have been in depression for the whole year after we lost [the Jackson]game," says Sterling. "That ride from Jackson to Cape was the longest ride."

Friday's matchup also begins a new chapter in this great rivalry, with Cape and Jackson meeting at Tiger Stadium, Cape's second year, 5,000 seat home, for the first time.

"We've had our games at Houck in the past, and we've got our place now, so for us to be able to host our fans at this stadium, and the Jackson fans as well, we're looking forward to it," says Central Athletic Director Lance Tollison.

"The Jungle," as fans call Cape's stadium, will be rocking Friday night, waiting to add another Tiger-Indian showdown to the memory bank.

"If you lose every game in the gotta win the Cape-Jackson game," says Sterling. "You just got to. It means the whole season to you."

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