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Friday Night Roundup: Neighborhood rivals Basic, Foothill square off in Battle for Boulder Highway

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From left, Foothill High School football players Corey Fisher, Sam Martin and Aedan Bartolowits July 21, 2014.

Updated Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014 | 1:01 a.m.

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It’s seems only fitting that Basic High’s homecoming opponent tonight is neighboring Foothill.

The schools are located less than a five-minute drive away from each other and it’s always standing room only for the football game affectionately called “The Battle for Boulder Highway.”

Basic is east of Boulder Highway. Foothill is to the west.

Most players grew up participating on the same youth teams and even attending the same schools, bringing a familiarity to this game unlike others throughout the season.

When Foothill opened in 1999, it took most of its students from Basic to create a natural rivalry. Basic was previously the lone school in east Henderson, with generations of families sending their children to Henderson’s oldest high school.

Home games at Basic still have a small-town feel. Graduates return as spectators, community members with no ties to the team attend to support the local school and Johnny Mac’s on Boulder Highway is packed with customers after the game.

The excitement is stepped up a notch for the Foothill game. One season, when there were no more seats remaining in the stadium, fans looked through fences surrounding the field to get a glimpse of the action.

In addition to the rivalry, the game carries extra significance because it will greatly impact the league standings. Both teams have one victory in the Southeast League. The loser could finish in fourth place of the Southeast and have to play the Northeast League champion in next month's Sunrise Regional quarterfinals to begin the playoffs.

It’s not the lone game of interest tonight.

Canyon Springs plays at Green Valley in a battle of teams ranked in the Sun’s top 10. Green Valley has beaten Canyon Springs on game-ending field goals the past two seasons, and tonight’s game is also expected to come down to the wire.

We’ll keep everyone posted as scores become final. Send us your fan photos and score on Twitter using the hashtag #sunstandout or #702hsfb

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Ray Brewer can be reached at 702-990-2662 or [email protected]. Follow Ray on Twitter at

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