For the last 14 years, the Kennewick Lions and Southridge Suns have put pride and sweat on the line in their cross-town football rivalry.
This year the stakes are a little higher, however, as both teams remain in the fight for one of the four 3A regional playoff spots on Friday, Nov. 5.
The Suns (3-4, 3-2 CBBN 3A) will take on the Lions (5-2, 3-2) at 7:30 p.m. today at Lampson Stadium.
A win for Southridge clinches a regional berth, but a Kennewick win -- along with a Pasco win -- means a Week 9 showdown against the Bulldogs at Edgar Brown Stadium for the final playoff spot.
"First, it's Kennewick versus Southridge. Playoffs aside, it means a lot to both sides," Lions coach Bill Templeton said. "We both want to go out and perform well."