Week 3 Preview: Battle of the River in Mexia

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports Editor

It’s the week every Mexia Blackcat and Groesbeck Goat fan looks forward to on the schedule each year, Battle of the River! That’s right, this Friday night is the big showdown in Limestone County where these two teams have met 83 times since 1901. Mexia holds the lead in this series, 60-19-4, but the Goats came out on top in 2016 in a 21-15 win at Groesbeck Stadium. However, Mexia has won three out of the last five meetings and since 2000, the Blackcats are 15-2 against Groesbeck.
Mexia holds both the longest win streak record in the series (13, set from 1999-2011) and largest margin of victory (55 points) set in 2000, when the Blackcats shutout the Goats, 55-0.
Groesbeck’s largest margin of victory is 38, also a shutout win, set in 1991 when the Goats ended the season as the Class 3A State Champion.
This series is huge for both teams. It doesn’t matter what either team’s record is during the season, under .500-over .500, the season boils down to who wins the prestigious BOTR trophy (the green and white Navasota River sign), which gives the winning school bragging rights over the next year.
This year’s game will be played at Black Cat Field, so fans may want to arrive as early as possible to get a seat as this game is usually standing room only.
Check out who’s where this week from Class 4A on down to Class 1A, 6-Man teams.

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