Police, District And Local Business Ready For Rivalry Game

Police, District And Local Business Ready For Rivalry Game

Wichita Falls, TX - Friday night is one of the biggest rivalry games in Texoma, Wichita Falls High School against Rider High School at Memorial Stadium.

Gates open up at 5:15 p.m. and kickoff is not too long after.

People from the community, students, and alumni from both schools will pack into the stadium for their 52nd matchup. The passion behind this game goes far beyond the football field.

The rivalry off the field has been just as big as the one on the field. Students at both schools have tried to pull pranks on each other ahead of the game.

Recently, district leaders have been trying to encourage students to keep the rivalry "on the field."

Newschannel 6 got details on what law enforcement, Wichita Falls Independent School District and businesses are doing to keep rivalry mischief at bay.

Wichita Falls police said they are aware it's rivalry week and are ready to respond to calls if need be.

"We want people to know that if you see anything in the neighborhood such as criminal mischief or anything that just looks unusual to contact the police department by either calling 911 or 720-5000," said Brandi Banda, Wichita Falls Public Information Officer.

Police said students pretty much do the same stuff every year. Typical teenage stuff like toilet papering and egging.

In 2007, Wichita Falls officials found a cow carcass hanging from a fence.

However, in recent years WFISD leaders have stepped up to deter "off-the-field" pranks and to keep the rivalry 'on-the-field."

Officer Band told Newschannel 6 WFPD will not be deploying extra officers on the street, but says their regular on-duty officers will be patrolling their assigned neighborhoods. 
     
Instead, WFISD has hired extra officers to work the game and has been working with its security leading up to the big game.

Businesses have also hired off-duty officers to work security in years past.

Market Street locations in Wichita Falls are also doing their part to keep the rivalry at bay, but keeping a close eye on the quantity of eggs purchased by younger customers. If store clerks feel suspicious of customers purchasing them for the wrong reason, they will not sell them.

If you haven't purchased your ticket yet, they will be selling them at both high schools and the WFISD athletic office all this week.

Ticket prices range from $4 to $10.

For highlights of the game tune into Newschannel 6's Friday Night High School Football Update on Texomas CW at 11 p.m.

Jimmie Johnson, Newschannel 6