The Historic LI vs STJA Matchup

li vs st jST. JOHNSBURY- It's finally that time of year again when the legendary rivals matchup. The Lyndon Institute Vikings and The Saint Johnsbury Hilltoppers have hard at work all week prepping for this weekend. The Hilltoppers have won the past four years now, but they're still keeping a close eye on the Vikings.

 

"They've got some talented kids they run some good stuff offensively and I think we'll do a good job preparing our kids for it. We've got a good game plan going in and if we execute I think we'll be alright." Said Rich Alercio St. Johnsbury Head Football Coach.

Coach Alercio has some small goals for his team other than just getting then victory.

"The goal would be to play the perfect game and get out healthy and get ready for the playoffs."

Some of the Hilltoppers players are coming into this game with a lot of confidence.

"Really ben happy with the way we've been playing, haven't let up a lot of points which makes my job easy on offense cause we're hard to stop on offense and we usually put up a lot of points so its hard for teams to stay with us." Said Jacob Cady St. Johnsbury Senior Quarterback.

For other players they look back and appreciate what they've had over the past few years.

"It's truly incredible and a humbling experience being a part of such a great school and neighboorhood and this is such a great program." Said Renwick Smith St. Johnsbury Senior Tight End.

For Lyndon institute they are seeking their revenge as they have been working extremely hard to get back at the Hilltoppers.

"This school doesn't know what its like to beat St. Johnsbury and they've lost now 4 years in a row and thats something that they're angry about, upset about, and it gives them motivation to work." Said Chad Simpson LI Head Coach.

This isn't just another game for the Vikings this game is worth these players giving it their absolute all.

"It means a lot this is a big game and honestly the biggest game of my high school career so far and will ever be so I can't wait for it and I'm excited." Said Steven Ferraro Senior Safety

Kickoff is scheduled for 1pm on the Hilltoppers home field as both teams look to put on a show and keep this historic rivalry entertaining.

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