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Rivalry games just tend to mean more.

That was evident this week as students at Castle View High School arrived on campus to find their Sabercat statue clad in Douglas County purple.

The two teams are set to face off at 6 p.m. tonight. Castle View is off to a 3-0 start this season while Douglas County is 2-1, the lone loss coming at the hands of ThunderRidge.

The teams put up similar scoring numbers as they both average around 30 points per game. Douglas County put up a season-high 44 in a win over Rangeview while the Sabercats scored their season-high 38 in Week 1 against Doherty.

Sabercats quarterback Derek Gordon has been efficient through the air, completing 79% of his throws for 498 yards and six touchdowns. He has yet to throw an interception.

Huskies quarterback Davis Lish has thrown for 611 yards and five touchdowns and has been picked off once. He has good help in the running game as Jake Stonebreaker averages 114 yards per game and has scored a couple of touchdowns.

But none of that matters tonight. This is a game that serves as a reminder that high school rivalries are fueled by passion.

One look at a purple-clad Sabercat should be an instant reminder.