BESSEMER, Ala. (WBRC) - WBRC Sideline is headed to Bessemer City this Friday for our Game of the Week as the Purple Tigers host crosstown rival McAdory.
Although a Class 6A, Region 4 win is up for grabs, the Purple Tigers are looking for their first win over the Yellow Jackets since 2003.
McAdory and Bessemer City are located about five miles apart and the Yellow Jackets have won seven straight.
New Bessemer City head coach and former Alabama player Andrew Zow has only been on the job for three months, but said he can already feel the heat in this rivalry.
“I’m new to the rivalry just like I was at Alabama with me being from Florida, so being an outsider and getting a taste of it, I’m excited for this team, the fans and community, so hopefully we can come away with a win Friday,” said Zow.
“It’s big because this is for the city, it’s not even for us, the city needs to feel this win one time,” said Bessemer City senior quarterback Rishard Densmore.
Just a couple of miles separate McAdory High School from Bessemer City High School, and it’s even closer when talking football between these two rivals.
The football programs are nearly identical. Each has a first-year head coach. Bessemer City with Andrew Zow, and McAdory has Bart Sessions. Each coach has athletes and both want respect.
“Words can’t describe what this game means for each community,” said Sessions. “We want a clean game and we expect a hard fought game. Nothing is going to be easy when kickoff takes place.”
The Purple Tigers under Zow come in with a 3-0 record, while Sessions Yellow Jackets are 2-1. Kickoff is set for 7:00 p.m. Friday September 13 in Bessemer.
It is the Sideline Game of the Week which airs Fridays at 10:25 p.m. on WBRC.