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Cross Town Class Promises to be True Treat for Townspeople…

Telegram Newspaper 10/2/14

Jason Malloy knows that a good old-fashioned rivalry gets the blood pumping. The current Dearborn Heights Robichaud (and former player) has fond memories of when he played the Romulus Eagles.

“One of the first ever games for myself between Romulus and Robichaud was in the 1997 season,’ he said.

That game, which Robichaud won 25-21, was the first time the game had been played between the two schools since 1985, and they have played nearly every year since.

Now as the athletic director, Malloy has special plans for Friday’s game between the two schools, to be played at Romulus Middle School.

This game, dubbed the Cross Town Clash, is very aptly named. “Many families are intertwined between the two schools, it makes for a great school rivalry,” he said. Being on of the catalysts in one of the games, it was on of the things I wanted to bring back to the school. As I wanted to try to build traditions at Robichaud, this is what came across. Malloy said that he had talks with Westwood Superintendent of Schools Sue Carnell and Romulus Athletic Director Mark Woodson.

“Its’s time to move in a different direction with a rivalry,” he said. “This gives us an opportunity to pit in stone and look forward to a game that we have every year.”

The schools have played off and on since 1953, with Romulus holding a 15-13 overall edge in the series. However, Robichaud has won the last four consecutive games in the series.

“It’ll give both communities an opportunity to come out and embrace this new avenue of a cemented rivalry, and a trophy being a part of it,” Malloy said. There is much more at stake than a trophy this year.

Robichaud, coming off a 48-21 homecoming victory over Garden City last Friday, sits at 5-0 and 3-0 in the Western Wayne Athletic Conference Red Division. Romulus, fresh from a 46-6 dusting of Livonia Clarenceville, also has a 3-0 mark in the WWAC Red and a 4-1 mark overall.

Nevertheless, Malloy is giddy about the prospects. “I think it’ll be a good story. None of the kids know about it, but its something I think that would be great for both communities.

By Christian Young

 

 

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