THE GAMES BE­GIN

Lo­cal teams take the field in first round of state play­offs tonight

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HOPEWELL — Fri­day night at Merner Field, two fierce Tri-Cities ri­vals will col­lide. One is a de­fend­ing state cham­pion. The other is en­joy­ing its winningest sea­son since 2010.

The home team has been the dom­i­nant one when the two pro­grams have met on the grid­iron over the past eight years. But as 2016’s sec­ond-round play­off matchup proved, records can get tossed out the win­dow when it comes to Hopewell and Peters­burg go­ing head-to-head.

The Hopewell Blue Devils (8-1) be­gin their 2017 state ti­tle de­fense this Fri­day, Nov. 9 ver­sus a young and tal­ented Peters­burg Crim­son Wave (7-3) at 7 p.m.

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Hopewell Foot­ball re­ceivers coach Carl Tay­lor works with team mem­bers on im­prov­ing their re­sults.

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