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“I want to beat them so bad”

Morton prepares to face rival Whiteface

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“I want to beat them so bad”

Morton Indians vs. Whiteface Antelopes in Whiteface, Friday, October 19

Morton Indians vs. Whiteface Antelopes in Whiteface, Friday, October 19

Abbi Boggs

Morton Indians vs. Whiteface Antelopes in Whiteface, Friday, October 19

Abbi Boggs

Abbi Boggs

Morton Indians vs. Whiteface Antelopes in Whiteface, Friday, October 19

Marytza Martinez, Tribe reporter

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“I want to beat them so bad,” Senior Blayne Debusk said about the upcoming game against Whiteface.

Every school has their own rival, some are much more intense than others. It’s very common for most schools in smaller communities to acknowledge their rivals and things can get very messy at times. For the Morton Indians, it is well known that the rival is nearby Whiteface, home of the Antelopes.

Regina Ingle, principle of Morton High School, and junior Kayleb Benavidez, both agree that the close proximity of the communities is what started this rivalry.

“The rivalry has been there ever since the beginning, Morton and Whiteface are in the same the county,” Benavidez said.  “Each team tries to be better just because they are so close.”

“In this rivalry, the adults are more in involved than the students.” Ingle said.

The rivalry means a lot to both communities.

“Everything is a ‘who’s a better school,” Benavidez said.  “Whiteface has a higher education, but Morton is higher in sports so everything is about who is better.”

Benavidez should know more about this rivalry than most, he has attended both schools.

“Whether we win or lose, this will be like other games,” Benavidez said.  “It will be bad for the team that loses but it will all go away after a few weeks.”

The rivalry will also have an effect to the energy of the game, “It pushes the team to try harder,” Benavidez said.

The outcome of the game will just add fuel to the rivalry.

“The team who loses will be mad and rumors about the other will go around,” Benavidez said.

The rivalry goes beyond just sporting events though.

“It appears in everything both schools do sports, education, and UIL events,” Benavidez said.

Benavidez has mixed emotions and divided loyalties.

“I feel like I am in the middle because I like Whiteface, but I go to Morton,” Benavidez said

This could be the same for other students on either side because many live in Morton and attend Whiteface, or many have moved from Whiteface to Morton.

The Indians will travel to Whiteface to face the Antelopes on Friday, October 19 at 7:30 p.m.  It should be a great game with a lot of intense rivalry.

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