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Rivalry on the football field doesn't affect fellowship

The locals who gather in the barber shops, diners and, yes, perhaps even the Church meetinghouse parking lots of Arizona's Upper Gila River Valley will likely tell you that the annual football game between Thatcher High School and nearby Safford High is bigger than the Super Bowl.

Each year the rivalry game is circled on countless calendars. Students and fans from the respective schools wonder if their quarterback will lead their team to victory.

The play callers from last fall's gridiron contest share a history that stretches back years prior to the 2010 football season. Thatcher senior quarterback Teren Bingham and his Safford High counterpart, Brandon McEuen, have been friends since third grade. Both are fine athletes, so they've grown up playing with and against each other in several different sports.

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