Two of the three teams that tied last season for the TRC football title meet tonight in a key Week 2 game.
But it’s the rivalry that gives the game between Tippecanoe Valley and #12 (2A) Rochester its added significance. No longer conference foes with Tippecanoe Valley’s decision to leave the TRC for another to-be-formed athletic conference starting next season, the Battle for the Bell is the lead story.
Along with the heat and humidity.
Even with a break in the sultry conditions coming in this weekend a temperature near 84 degrees is expected near kickoff with humidity well into the 90% range. Though not unexpected in the August portion of the high school football schedule it will be an uncomfortable night for players in full gear.
Last season, Tippecanoe Valley won its fourth straight game in the series, 26-17. Rochester’s last win over the Vikings was in 2017. The two rivals didn’t get to play in the Covid-shortened 2021 season.
Zebras head coach Ron Shafer is excited for tonight’s opportunity.
Shafer says he’s heard people say the Vikings may not be as big as in the past. He’s not so sure about that.
GIANT fm Sports on WROI has coverage at 6:40 p.m. Kickoff is 7 p.m.
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