EDITORIAL: Brick City Bowl is Lee County at its best

Nov. 08, 2013 @ 05:00 AM

Tonight's the night.

It's the one night a year when rivals Lee County and Southern Lee high schools meet on the gridiron, with this year's installment taking place at Paul Gay Stadium on the Lee County High School campus.

It hasn't been that long since Lee County had just one public high school. This will be the eighth year for what we dubbed the “Brick City Bowl,” with Lee County winning five games and Southern Lee winning two. It's the first time, however, that the schools will be playing as conference rivals.

This friendly feud is an outstanding opportunity for the two teams, as well as the cheerleaders, bands and fans, to come together in the spirit of supporting their respective schools.

This spectacle, however, is about much more than Yellow Jacket or Cavalier pride.

The game provides for some neighborly fun, and it highlights the common bond we share as members of the same community. Plus, it's a chance to support the young men and women who represent these two Lee County schools.

We should celebrate the successes of all of our young people, whether on the athletic field, in the classroom or through their manifold extracurricular activities. And though we may be Yellow Jackets or Cavaliers by allegiance, we're Lee Countians at heart.

This game is a showcase for all of the great attributes that make our county unique and special. It is an example of our young people striving for a goal and gaining invaluable insights in the process — including the importance of teamwork and sportsmanship.

We are proud of both Lee County High School and Southern Lee High School — and we wish for these respective schools and their supporters great success in this match and in all other endeavors.