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Jays, Rockhurst set to renew storied rivalry

Rayshawn Williams of Jefferson City carries the ball on an end around during last Friday’s game against Gateway Tech at Adkins Stadium.

Rayshawn Williams of Jefferson City carries the ball on an end around during last Friday’s game against Gateway Tech at Adkins Stadium. Photo by Stephen Brooks.

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Rockhurst coach Tony Severino remembers the days when the Jefferson City-Rockhurst rivalry was the premier high school football game in the state of Missouri.

He also remembers the recent years when he had to explain to his players what the game against Jefferson City was all about.

But after last season’s 33-30 double-overtime win by Jefferson City, Severino didn’t have to tell his kids this year what it means when the two most successful programs in Missouri meet.

The Jays and Hawklets will meet for the 35th time Friday in Kansas City. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m.

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