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Coaches speak out on significance of the Battle of the Ax

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GRAYSON CO., TX --  Both the Sherman and Denison football teams have spent the week focusing, channeling emotions and getting prepared for the longest running rivalry in the state of Texas.

The excitement leading up to Friday night only means better practices for the two squads. Motivation isn't something coaches have to supply.

Denison head coach Chad Rogers says the energy level is naturally high in practice this week and both coaches know how important this game is to their young men.

"It's the game that our kids circle on the calendar every year, does not matter the record, both teams can be undefeated, both teams can be winless and it's going to be a huge ball game. Bragging rights, longest rivalry in Texas and we definitely know about that and our kids are excited about it and we'd like for this week, we really enjoy it," said Sherman head coach Gary Kinne.

"When I first got the job this is something you look forward to because you always look forward to rivalry games because it's just the two communities are going to be excited about it and have a little buzz especially the closer we get to Friday," Rogers said. 

Kick-off at 7:30 Friday at Munson Stadium.