LEWISTON, ID - Not a lot of series in sports go 128 games, but Lewiston and Clarkston is different. The two towns from across the bridge have done battle on the gridiron 128 times. This will be the 129th matchup between the Bengals and the Bantams.
The Bengals lead the all-time series 80-42-6. This year's contest will be tight, both teams have had different paths to this game. Lewiston has lost two back-to-back games against Shadle Park and Wenatchee. Whereas the Bantams have started its season off hot - sitting at 2-0. A 42-28 victory against Moscow and a 40-0 shutout victory against the Grangeville Bulldogs.
Clarkston has the experience factor in this contest, quarterback Kaden Frazier and veteran wide receiver Tru allen are entering their fourth Battle of the Bridges contest. The Clarkston offense has already outscored its opponents 82-28 in two games. Its offense will be the biggest factor in the game.
With that being said, the Lewiston defense needs to step up after a slow performance against Wenatchee. The Lewiston defense allowed 56 points. The Bengals need to get back to the basics defensively, tackle better, be in the right position and cause turnovers.
Clarkston's run and pass game has been explosive, it's relied on big plays from its run game as well as from Frazier throwing the ball down the field. The Bantams are going to have to keep relying on its big plays in order to win this game.
The Clarkston defense showed its potential last week against Grangeville, shutting out the Bulldogs. They caused turnovers, tackled well and maintained correct positioning. Lewiston will be relying heavily on its duo of Cruz Hepburn and Kash Lang not only for this game but for the rest of the season. Clarkston needs to focus on shutting down the run and read the ball and make sure they don't bite on the option plays.
This will be one of the closest Battle of the Bridges in recent memory, it'll be must-see football between the valley's oldest rivals, the Bantams and the Bengals. Make sure you go to Bengal Field and watch the fireworks between these explosive teams.