Cross-town rivalry game to be televised

CROWLEY – It has been two years since the two teams have squared off on the gridiron, but thanks to a district realignment, the Crowley Gents and the Notre Dame Pioneers will renew their rivalry Friday when the two squads collide at Gardiner Memorial Stadium.

The District 4-3A contest, which is slated for a 7 p.m. kickoff, will be televised on cable television by Cox 4 and also simulcast on radio stations KSIG 1450 AM and KLAJ 106.7 FM.

Notre Dame and Crowley High have met just nine times in football with the Pios holding a 7-2 advantage.

The series began in 2001 with the Pios winning four straight years.

Notre Dame won the series opener, 45-6, and then claimed a 21-7 win in 2002.

The Pios dominated the Gents the following two years, winning 40-6 and 41-6 before Crowley ended the drought in 2005 with a dramatic 8-7 victory in the final game of the regular season that left the two teams tied for the district champion along with Cecilia.

Notre Dame avenged the regular-season loss two weeks later with a 36-0 second-round playoff victory in Rayne.

In 2006, with both teams undefeated, the Gents claimed a 30-21 victory.

The Pios have won the last two games in the series, winning 20-7 in 2007 and 28-0 in 2008.

The Pios enter the game 5-3 overall and lead the District 4-3A standings with 3-0 record. The Gents are 4-3 and tied for second place in the league standings with Jennings at 2-1.

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