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East Fairmont, Fairmont Senior High Schools To Participate In 92nd Rivalry Match Up

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Only one word comes to mind when you hear the words East Vs. West: Rivalry.

East, West, Bees, Bears.

One night of smash mouth football, where records don't matter.

These are the components that led to a 92-year-old rivalry between East Fairmont and Fairmont Senior High Schools.

"It's without a doubt one of the greatest traditions in high school football in our region," said East Fairmont Principal Mark Nuzem.

Some fans compare this rivalry to that of WVU and PITT.

It gives the community something to be excited about.

Local Fairmont restaurants, like Hometown Hotdog's, decorate their buildings in historic Bees and Bears apparel to remind people how important the rivalry is.

"This has been decades of rivalry," said Hometown Owner Jennifer Michael. "people; old people, young people look forward to this night."

The rivalry brings two communities together that are separated by only a bridge.

Spirit week, school pride, special half time shows, and extra security are all part of the experience.

"The student body comes out in mass," said Principal Nuzem. "It's always a great crowd."

This year both teams are out of the playoff race, but it hardly matters.

East is 3-6 after a comeback win at Philip Barbour and Fairmont Senior sits at 4-5 after falling at home to Bridgeport.

For the fans, winning this game is all that matters.

"Everybody has friends from both sides of the river but that night you sit with your alma mater and you watch them duke it out," Michaels said.

The Polar Bears lead the all-time series 56-28-7.