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Posted on: October 1, 2010

[ARCHIVED] Bob Jones and Huntsville Vie for Unity Cup

Bob Jones and Huntsville meet on the gridiron tonight at 7:00 PM at Madison City Schools Stadium for bragging rights and possession of the Battle - Finley Unity Cup. The Unity Cup was established in 2008 between newly elected mayors Paul Finley and Tommy Battle to signify a new era of cooperation. The Unity Cup is awarded to the winning team of the annual Bob Jones versus Huntsville High football game.

"As is engraved on the cup, we will always compete in certain areas but it will always be done with respect and an attitude that the Tennessee Valley is better when we work together," said Mayor Paul Finley. "Tonight I feel that the Tennessee Valley will be better when Bob Jones wins. Go Patriots!"

In 2008, Huntsville High won in a hard fought game in a score of 20-17 to take possession of the first Unity Cup. Last year, Bob Jones regained the cup with a 31-0. This year's game promises to be a great matchup with more than 6A Region 8 standings on the line.

“While the battle on the field will be fierce, this game has become a symbol of much more than a football contest. Our community is stronger when we work together. Even though our cities may compete, the goodwill and sportsmanship displayed in this game symbolize the cooperative spirit the City of Huntsville and the City of Madison are committed to.”

Mayor Battle added, “Cooperation aside, we are looking forward to the Hatchet coming back to Huntsville. Go Panthers!”

The Unity Cup is engraved with the following words: "While our City’s will always compete, it is done with fairness, respect, and recognition that the region is stronger working together."

Mayor Finley and Mayor Battle will be on hand to root on their respective teams.

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