Pirates Coach Vic Grider Discusses What Makes South Pitt-Marion Co Rivalry Special
South Pittsburg, TN-(WDEF) South Pittsburg and Marion County have faced off more than 90 times, and Pirates coach Vic Grider has seen pretty close to half of them.
He witnessed a bunch of games as kid being the son of South Pitt head coach Don Grider.
Tonight, Vic will experience the rivalry one more time, and he explains what makes it so special.
Said Grider-“That’s probably what I think about the most when I think about this game. There are just so many good things about this game. It’s what makes high school football special.
Back in those days they had some extra activities that led up to the game. Seems like their might have been some type of parade before the game that both schools did. I think some of those things have gone away. I just remember the intensity level as a player. I don’t know if I have ever felt anything like that. It’s just a completely different atmosphere from start to finish. You can just feel it in the air. You can feel the intensity level in the air. It’s a pretty neat thing. I’ll tell you this. It’s one of those things that I never take for granted. I just feel so fortunate to be apart of this type of game. Fridays here are not real productive the week of that game. We understand that. The kids deserve days like that. They deserve those opportunities. Those are memories in high school. Let’s just be flat honest, it’s not like that everywhere. There’s places where kids don’t experience those kind of things. I think our kids realize that. I think the game in ’98, which was the first time we beat them when I was the head coach was really a special game to me. There’s something different about winning the game as an assistant coach than winning a game as the head coach. You just kind of put your mark on it. The kids that are playing now. Just about everyone of them probably has a brother, or an uncle, or a Dad, or a grand dad, or a great grand dad that somehow had something to do with this game. When you put all those factors in, plus you’ve got two communities that both have football programs that have been ultra-successful through the years. It creates a situation that most people can not relate to.”