NEWARK – September 15, 2014 – A new high school football rivalry begins on Friday, Sept. 19, between the Cedar Ridge Timberwolves and the Midland Mustangs, whose program is in its first year at the high school level. Citizens Bank is feeding the rivalry by naming the game as the “Citizens Bank White River Rumble,” and providing a traveling trophy that will be presented to the winning team.
Midland is 0-2 on the season after its opening night 38-12 loss on Sept. 5 to Woodlawn and its 40-6 loss to Barton last Friday. Cedar Ridge dropped its opening game, 20-6, to West Lincoln of Brookhaven, Miss., but rebounded to beat Rector, 36-16, at home on Friday.
Midland Head Coach T. J. Pugh will take his Mustangs from Pleasant Plains across the White River to Newark to rumble with Cedar Ridge Head Coach Danny Brustrom’s Timberwolves next Friday in the inaugural “Citizens Bank White River Rumble.” The coaches helped determine the name for the new rivalry after reviewing several potential names.
Citizens Bank employees will attend the Midland-Cedar Ridge game and use a T-shirt launcher to shoot commemorative T-shirts into the grandstands on both sides of the field. The bright blue T-shirt design features an outline of Independence County, highlighting the White River and the location of the towns of Pleasant Plains and Newark.
In 2007, Citizens Bank dubbed the annual nonconference game between Cave City and Southside as the “167 Showdown,” a name that has become popular in the area as both teams kick off their respective seasons each year. In this year’s “167 Showdown,” the Cavemen reclaimed the trophy on Sept. 5 with a 20-15 victory over the Southerners at Cave City. Southside had possession of the trophy the previous three seasons.
Each week, Citizens Bank employees participate in “Friday Night Frenzy,” as they visit a different local high school football game in the area and shoot customized T-shirts into the crowd. On Friday, Sept. 26, they will travel to Cave City for their game with Harrisburg.About The Citizens Bank
Citizens Bank of Batesville was established in 1953 by a group of local businessmen who shared a vision of creating a bank that would be committed to serving the working people of Batesville and Independence County. Today, Citizens Bank is Independence County’s largest financial institution by market share, and has expanded its service area to include Lawrence, Randolph, Sharp and Stone counties.