If you live in this part of the country, halfway between Texarkana and Hope, Arkansas, stands the iconic Red River Bridge. This Friday night, November 1, the “Battle of the Bridge” rivalry, sponsored by the University of Arkansas Hope-Texarkana, will continue between Arkansas High School and Hope High School.

 

According to a press release, “Everyone at UAHT is excited to participate in the second year of the Battle of the Bridge showdown between Arkansas High and Hope High. This renewed rivalry not only showcases the tremendous student-athletes attending our schools but is also a great example of the shared values of all our communities in Southwest Arkansas. The UAHT family is thrilled to sit with all of you on Friday night to cheer on our teams and the communities we call home,” said UAHT Chancellor Chris Thomason.

Hope High Head Coach Phillip Turner said, "It will be a hard-fought game, and we will be ready for it. They are a very good football team, but we're coming over to try to win a football game for our team and the community of Hope."

Arkansas High Head Coach Barry Norton added, “We are very much looking forward to the game against Hope. The proximity of the two schools creates a natural rivalry and playing for the Battle of the Bridge Trophy makes it even more special. We have the trophy and are not looking to relinquish it."

Once again, these two storied teams will compete for a replica of the old Red River Bridge, which is awarded as a traveling trophy that goes home with the winner of the Battle of the Bridge each year. Everyone at UAHT invites the Hope and Texarkana communities to join us in celebrating this great rivalry that kicks off Friday at 7PM at Razorback Stadium in Texarkana, Arkansas.