Youngstown East hosted Chaney High School in a junior varsity football game at Rayen Stadium Wednesday.
East and Chaney met up for a JV game at 10:30 Wednesday morning, some students even got to attend.
Now that Chaney has Varsity sports again, coaches and school leaders say they’re excited to bring back the East-Chaney rivalry.
It’s a rivalry that goes back decades. Youngstown’s East and Chaney high schools.
The two teams haven’t played each other since 2010 but that all changed Wednesday.
Chris Amill is the new head football coach at Chaney. He says there’s nothing like bringing back the “City Series.”
“It’s the city. City football. The rivalry back in the day was great with North High School and Chaney, and East and Rayen and South, and Wilson. And then schools kept closing and then you had one city school. But to be able to bring it back it’s great for the community, it’s great for the students, for alumni, everything,” Amill said.
The crowd went back and forth, chants of Chaney, chants of East.
Fans just getting warmed up for when the two teams meet on the gridiron in week 10 of the 2019 season.
“Having local teams. East side, west side rivalry, I mean we have a lot of people now that’s from back in the 60’s. Old Golden Bears. Even my high school coach was a golden bear in the 60’s. And they just love that we’re back and also old Chaney High School Cowboys are back so it’s gonna be a great rivalry,” said Brian Marrow, head football coach for East.
Coach Amill and Marrow told stories about some of the football greats that played for both schools.
The renewed rivalry sparked interest in places even beyond Youngstown.
“We have alumni from all over the world that are excited that we’re playing. They’re following us on social media and through the press. So there’s alumni not just here in Youngstown, but throughout the whole United States that are so excited to see the Chaney Cowboys back,” said Rob Kearns, principal of Chaney High School.
Wednesday was just the beginning of what many hope is another long-lived, friendly rivalry. A rivalry that means a lot to the city.
“We’ve said all along this transformation is about the entire city. It’s even bigger than just the school district, it’s about the whole city,” said Jeremy Batchelor, principal of East High School.