Officials hit gridiron in Rankin County rivalry - - Jackson, MS

Officials hit gridiron in Rankin County rivalry

PEARL, MS (WLBT) - A game in Rankin County takes high school football rivalries to a whole different level.

Officials from Pearl and Brandon faced each other on the gridiron Thursday night at Pearl Stadium.

The first municipal match up is a warm up for the Friday night game between the two schools.

Most of the city leaders are well past their teenage years, so they're playing flag football rather than tackle.

District Attorney Michael Guest and U.S. Representative Gregg Harper served as officials in the game.

Mayors Brad Rogers and Tim Coulter weighed in on the game.

"Well we have a charity game for the "US vs. Y'all" series.  This charity game is between the Pearl Fighting Pirates and the Brandon Bulldogs," said Pearl Mayor Brad Rogers.

"Guys from both of the police and fire departments and both the boards and councils are here. We are excited, we'll have a good time," said Brandon Mayor Tim Coulter.

The history of the BHS and PHS rivalry dates back to 1949, with the first game ending in a tie on Thanksgiving Day.

Brandon has won the past four years.

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