GERMANTOWN, Tenn. (localmemphis.com) – An old high school football rivalry is coming to an end, and it has some alumni up in arms.
Germantown and Houston High schools have competed every regular season for decades, but that changes starting this fall.
“It’s like not having a homecoming game,“ said Mac Madlinger, a former Germantown football player. “It’s like not having the big game that everyone looks forward to.“
On the football field it’s been Germantown versus Houston for the last 28 consecutive years.
“We’d dress up, we’d go out we’d make a big deal out of the game,“ said Lindsey Grill, who graduated from Houston High School in 2016.
Now the regular season match-up with both teams is over. When the Germantown High School Red Devil Football schedule was posted online Tuesday, the annual game against the Houston Mustangs was missing.
Houston High School alumni confirmed one of the greatest rivalries in the history of Shelby County high school football was over.
“Obviously, it’s been a pretty good rivalry these past couple of years,“ said Kip Frankland, a former Houston High School football player.
“We won a couple of games while we played them. They got the best of them the past two year. It was a pretty rich rivalry.“
The reason why is being asked by former students.
Frankland, who played on the offensive line for the Houston Mustangs, says it was time for new competitors.
“It will allow us to play some different teams, have some new blood,” said the recent Houston graduate
He got wind of the change in next season’s schedule from the athletic department.
“As long as Germantown holds up their end of the bargain, we’ll see them in playoffs every year,“ said Frankland.
“You have all the Houston folks crying over another Germantown big score,“ said Madlinger. “All the Germantown folks like ‘haha,’ of course it happened like come on. It’s like a friendship game.“
The Germantown Red Devils tell Local 24 News they don’t know why Houston does not want to play against them and that they will have to travel to Nashville for a replacement game.