New trophy for old rivals: Bobcats, Tigers meet again Friday night
County bragging rights will be on the line Friday night when the Berryville High School football team travels to Green Forest to take on the Tigers in the annual Carroll County Super Bowl and for the first time since the two teams began playing for the Carroll County Trophy some 50 years ago, the trophy is getting a makeover.
What was once a trophy that could fit into the palm of your hand is now a trophy weighing in excess of 50 pounds. The score of the games will be etched into the trophy for years to come, similar to what the NHL does with the Stanley Cup.
"Dr. Phil Clark was the superintendent at Berryville last year and he said, 'Man, this trophy is nasty,' " Green Forest Superintendent Matt Summers said. "So he said gentlemen's agreement, whoever won it last year we need to replace it next year. That's what started it all."
Hog Wild Trophies made the new trophy and Berryville Superintendent Owen Powell looks forward to seeing a big crowd at Friday night's game to determine who wins the new-look trophy.
"It's always a great atmosphere at the Carroll County Super Bowl," Powell said. "A lot of people will make it out to this game and that makes for a lot of excitement."
Summers adds that in communities like Green Forest and Berryville, the Carroll County Super Bowl is more than just another game.
"It's bragging rights for a year," Summers said. "A lot of the old businesses are family-owned and they would have side bets. Our lumber yard, your lumber yard. A lot of that in small-town America is gone because of the big corporations, but you still see that here in Carroll County."
Summers never was able to win the Carroll County Super Bowl during his playing days at Berryville, but he is glad he was able to be a part of something special.
"We still talk about those games," Summers said. "I have always thought the negative stuff happened among the older generations, but the players all have mutual respect for each other."
Powell won all three games he played in the Carroll County Super Bowl during his days as a Berryville Bobcat. Looking back, he said that was one of the games he always looked forward to most.
"My biggest memories of those games is the enthusiasm and the emotion that we played with," Powell said. "It's a big game for the community and it was always one for us as well."
The old trophy is being donated to the Carroll County Heritage Museum.
Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. Friday night at Tiger Stadium in Green Forest.