The Battle of the River
Updated: September 6, 2016
The Coolest Trophy in the Cool Name Games
Only in Texas could a TXDoT sign be considered a trophy worth fighting over. This Navasota River sign is the grand prize in the Battle of the River between Mexia and Groesbeck as each time they play, one of them crosses the river alone Highway 14 into enemy territory.
There is no historical record showing when the game got name The Battle of the River, but old-timers have said it started being called that in the 1980s. There is also no word about whether the sign was just nabbed off the side of the road and turned into this coveted sign of football superiority or someone ordered one from the Texas Department of Transportation. You know what - if it was originally lifted by some spirited fans, that make it that much more awesome! Texas forever!
Mexia won the first meeting 10-0 and leads the series with an all-time record of 53-21-3. It is a rivalry marked by blowouts as the game is rarely close. In fact, there have been 31 shutouts. Groesbeck held the largest margin of victory, a 53-0 shutout in 1915, until Mexia broke it 2000 when they beat the Goats 55-0.
This week marks the 78th contest between the Mexia Blackcats and Groesbeck Goats. Mexia has won the last three games and has a better record so far this season but records go out the window when these two meet.
#14 4A DII Mexia (2-0) at #44 3A DI Groesbeck (0-2)
by Chris Doelle
Special thanks to Stephen Farris (Sports Editor at the Mexia News) for all his help with stats and Mexia Athletics for the video!