Philadelphia hosts Neshoba Central in biggest HS rivalry

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NESHOBA COUNTY, Miss. (WTOK) - It's one of the fiercest high school rivalry games in our area is Philadelphia vs. Neshoba Central, schools that are only a little over a mile apart in the close-knit community of Philadelphia.

"You can have lifelong friends, but the week of Philadelphia, Neshoba you don't get along too well with those people because they go to Neshoba," says former Philadelphia football player, Fredez Moore.

"[Fredez and I] been working together for like 17 years, but that week, we just work together. I'm not your friend. I'm not your friend today," says former Neshoba Central football player, Danny Carter.

Even years after graduating, the former football players still carry on the rivalry. All in good fun, of course.

In the past 10 years, Philadelphia has won six games and Neshoba Central not too far behind with four wins, but former Central player, Carter has all bets on his team.

"Like now I'm pumped up now. I'm ready like I'm still out there on that field," Carter said.

The two can still remember the feeling leading up to game day and finally stepping on the field.

"Stomach just knotted up and that whole week you know. The players you just got to stay here and stay focused," says Carter.

"It's one of the hardest played games you will play throughout the season because you know they are going to bring their best and you want to bring your best. So you're intense the whole game," says Moore.

The overall stats show who has won the most games, but for these two it's about bragging rights from year to year.

"We have fun doing it, but hey for the whole year you can brag and say 'Hey, I was the winner,'" says Carter.

The Philadelphia Tornadoes host the Neshoba Central Rockets at 7 p.m. Sept. 9.