Ryan Dunsmore

Whether you call the football game between Lamar Consolidated and Terry “The Game” or its newer name “The Battle of the ’Berg”, it doesn’t take away from the fact that game is arguably the most anticipated of the year for residents of Rosenberg and Richmond.

The same can be said for the basketball games between Terry and Lamar Consolidated.

Both boys games regularly sell out and there is a line out the door to get into the final seats.

But I would argue that the most competitive “Battle of the ’Berg” at present happens on the soccer pitch.

And that was on full display this past Tuesday with the District 24-5A championship on the line.

A victory for Lamar Consolidated secured the top spot and a win for Terry by two ore more goals put the Rangers on top of the table for good.

The Rangers would blow the game open in the second half en route to a 7-1 victory.

But for the first 60 minutes the second game between these teams was all-out adrenaline.

It was as if each team had saved a little in the gas tank for this game and was prepared to give every once of energy for these 80 minutes.

Of course both teams wanted to be district champions but the added bonus of bragging rights would last a lifetime.

This “Battle of the ’Berg” is a culmination of countless hours playing soccer in the fields at Terry, George Park and the hard-scrabble fields around Rosenberg where players on these two teams have been playing their whole lives.

That was reflected in the fact that after the final horn sounded, the final hand shake line wasn’t filled with half-hearted taps but more hugs instead.

Both teams know how much it means to the other.

And when the lines started to break off, the Terry players tracked down the Lamar goalkeeper who hadn’t joined the handshake line and was still in the goal mouth.

The Terry players picked him up and consoled him.

On the Lamar sideline, a Mustang player had already taken off his jersey while the team was picking up things.

But another player said “Put your jersey back on. Wear it with pride.”

The Mustangs were going to stand tall even in defeat.

And that is what gives this rivalry a different vibe then the two schools’ football or basketball games.

It feels like brothers playing then rather rivals.

I would add if the football and baseball games between Terry and Lamar already are appointment viewing for you, let suggest the soccer games too. It will be worth every second of your time.

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