NACOGDOCHES COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - In past Pineywood Showdowns, it's been a dominant winning streak held by both the Angelina County boys and girls.
Never have the Nacogdoches County boys or girls managed to pull out the win, but they're hoping things will change this year now that Angelina will have to come play on their home ground.
"That makes a big difference. That's what we always have always had to go through in Nacogdoches," said LJ Barnes from Nacogdoches. "When we play in Nacogdoches, our fans come through. We hope to be loud, and if we can get live, we can get the win."
Central Heights head coach Ashley Brown will feel right at home coaching the Nacogdoches girls team this year, as the game will be hosted at Central Heights High School in Nacogdoches.
"I think that will help being a little more local this year," said Brown. "It will be fun and hopefully we have a good crowd."
"We got it in our county and I feel like we got a good group of girls, and a good coach this year," said Lauren Lee from Chireno. "I think we may take home the win."
The Nacogdoches County boys have referred back to Nacogdoches upsetting Lufkin in football this year, as a prime example of what they anticipate to happen in this year's showdown.
"We will have the same luck and pull off the upset against Angelina County," said Patrick Sanders from Nacogdoches.
Playing on the road doesn't seem to be a concern for the Angelina County boys, and they're confident they can bring a crowd of their own to make it feel like home.
"Our fans at Angelina are going to be just as loud, if not crazier and it won't effect any of us," said Chase Ponson from Central. "We've played in hard atmospheres and I believe we're going to bring it too. It's not going to affect us."
"I'm use to that gym. I've played a lot of tournaments and a lot of regular games against Central Heights," said Mitchell England from Hudson. "Knowing how all these guys play, I really don't think it will effect them that much."
The Angelina girls say they are just as familiar with playing at Central Heights.
"There's always a bunch of people, it's loud, it's crazy," said Katie Davis from Huntington. "I know it's going to be at Central Heights and Central Heights fans are always crazy. I'm sure there's going to be a bunch of them there."
Fans from Central Heights, Nacogdoches County and Angelina County, all have one more chance to come out and get rowdy for their respective teams.
The Pineywood Showdown will be this Thursday. The girls play at 6 p.m. and the boys game will start immediately after. Admission is $5 at the door. Children ages 5 and under get in free.
Below are the coaches, charities and rosters for the game:
Coached by Laura Jones of Diboll
Playing for Boys & Girls Club of Diboll and Lufkin
2 Sara Gunter, Central
3 Lexxus Hamilton, Diboll
4 Katie Davis, Huntington
10 Paige Funderburk, Hudson
12 Tiara Robinson Lufkin
14 Ciara Harrison, Lufkin
20 Latisha Collins, Lufkin
22 Madison Selman, Hudson
23 Maddison Graham, Huntington
24 Jessica Gillespie, Huntington
25 Shelby Finch, Central
33 Caitlyn Lamber, Zavalla
Coached by JT McManus of Lufkin
Playing for Harold's House
2 Brandon Mitchell, Diboll
3 Logan Nerren, Huntington
4 JaMarcus Horace, Lufkin
10 Sammy Scott, Diboll
11 Davis Robinson, Lufkin
12 Jalil Jones, Pineywoods Academy
13 Michael Day, Zavalla
15 DJ Gibson, Lufkin
23 Mitchell England, Hudson
24 Chase Ponson, Central
25 George Brown, Central
32 Brandon Carver, Central
Coached by Ashley Brown of Central Heights
Playing for Godtel
1 Nacogoches Emauzja Johnson
2 Jasia Berry, Garrison
3 Christy Whitaker, Nacogdoches
5 Hannah Kimbrough, Garrison
20 Kasha Grigsby, Nacogdoches
23 Mackenzie Tucker, Cushing
24 Claire Pinkston, Woden
32 Justice Lockett, Chireno
45 Lauren Lee, Chireno
Coached by Dayna Westbrook, Douglass
Playing for Glory Gang Ministries
3 Kwa Jones, Nacogdoches
5 Patrick Sanders, Nacogdoches
10 Lane Williams, Cushing
11 William Rogers, Garrison
12 Bryce Westbrook, Douglass
13 Josh Johnson, Woden
22 LJ Barnes, Nacogdoches
23 Tanner Garner, Central Heights
25 Keaton Foteno, Central Heights
33 Brandon Alvis, Chireno
34 Tim Ham, Douglass
50 James Hill, Martinsville