The Festus Tigers Varsity Football team is on a roll, but this week they travel across town to face the rival Hillsboro Hawks in a game that is sure to be an emotional one. Normally the Battle for Highway A is front and center, but this week the hosting Hawks will be putting on the inaugural POW/MIA game, honoring the military and an area family.
More information on this historic game can be found here: https://ameritimesports.net/2021/09/22/hawks-to-host-ti…-in-pow-mia-game/
As for the football side of things, the Tigers are roaring after a week one heart-breaker of a loss and have now won three straight. Last week’s 62-6 dismantling of the De Soto Dragons is a pretty solid example of what these Tigers are capable of when firing on all cylinders. Led by stud QB Cole Rickermann and reinvigorated running back Kaian Roberts-Day, the Tigers are a handful for any opponent. During their wining streak they have outscored opponents 150-32.
On the Hillsboro side, the Hawks are coming off of a big win where they blew out a tough North County team 42-7. Led by an impressive ground attack, that win put the Hawks and Tigers even with 3-1 records this season. It seems fitting that one of the biggest Missouri rivalries will not only showcase two thriving programs, but act as the tie-breaker at the mid-point of the season.
Festus won 41-26 last season in the lone matchup of the two rivals, but the Hawks hold the edge over the previous decade, going 9-4 vs the Tigers. This week is anybody’s guess. Regardless, the game is historic in its own right and is being played and raising awareness for a truly honorable cause.
Pregame ceremonies begin at 5 pm, but kickoff will be slightly delayed, as it is pushed back to 7:30 in honor of the POW/MIA fanfare.
Good luck Tigers!