NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Even though Battleground Academy and Franklin High School are just down the street from each other, their football teams have never met at the 50-yard line.
With each play and with every pass Battleground Academy gets a little closer to the big game.
"We've been practicing a long time, ready to get out and hit somebody else," said Battleground Academy coach Tim Johnson.
New cross-town rival Franklin High School will be on the receiving end of BGA's plays for the first time in more than a century.
"It's amazing with all the history and tradition of each school, we've never played each other," said Johnson.
The two Franklin schools will go head-to-head on the gridiron Friday night.
"I know they were good last year, they made it to state," said BGA linebacker Jeffrey Aaron. "I've been looking forward to this game all summer. As soon as we found out we were playing Franklin, I think we all got pretty excited about it."
Franklin's cheerleaders made sure they had their routine down for the upcoming game. The football players continued a Thursday night tradition with some good food and some good advice.
The players know last season's record will follow them onto the field Friday night, but they said they can handle it.
"Last year seems like every game was pressure because we had a target, but I don't think it's anymore pressure than last year, really," said FHS offensive tackle Isaiah Anderson.
BGA's coach could feel a little pressure since he used to call the shots on the field at Franklin.
"Have a lot of ties, so I have a lot of respect, a lot of friendships over there, but come 7:30 p.m., it's going to be about beating Franklin," said Johnson.
The Franklin High and BGA match up is the only game in Williamson County Friday night, and they are expecting a big crowd at Franklin's football stadium.