There may be some good football games all around the state of Colorado as high school play opens up for real this week. But in terms of a pure rivalry that pits nearly all of a city's kids against each other, it won't get much better than Fairview-Boulder on Friday night at Recht Field.

For both teams, the pads have been thumping for weeks in practice and scrimmage, but for the first time in a long while, they'll have each other's full attention as their 10-game schedules begin with the 5:30 p.m. kickoff.

"A lot of coaches might love it Week 10, as an end-the-year kind of thing, but when you do it in Week 1, you've got everybody's attention for both teams and the entire community," said Fairview head coach Tom McCartney, entering his 26th season at the helm of the Knights. "It's that big. You see the practices crisper and sharper, the focus, everything for a head coach that makes you go, 'wow.'"

"Right now, it's all about football for these guys and we're going to be able to hype up Week 1 in a big way because it's Fairview," said Boulder's newly anointed head coach, Ryan Bishop, who himself has been part of several of the rivalry affairs. "It's a special game to open up my high school coaching career with, honestly probably the coolest rivalry in the state."

The game always draws a fantastic crowd, and the enthusiasm on both sides of the field this year should be at a peak. The Panthers are optimistic that Bishop's fire for BHS will ignite a passion in his players that hasn't been attained in quite some time, while Fairview is a team that has captured the attention of coaches and media state-wide with its offensive firepower.


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The bottom line about this one? There's not a lot of game film to be able to study, and hopefully not a lot of banged up bodies on the sideline unable to participate in one of the Centennial State's oldest continuous series.

Friday night is all about Boulder, no matter what colors you may decide to wear. The game features Boulder Youth Football night, where players in leagues from the city will get in to the game for free if they wear their jerseys — teams will also get recognized during the game — and alumni from both schools typically flock to Recht to reunite with friends and perhaps even foe.

McCartney, who of course has worked both sides of the rivalry as a Boulder High grad and former coach, truly lights up when talking about what the game means to the FHS program.

"We're used to all coming back together before school starts, having football practices be the time for these kids with each other," McCartney said. "Having this game to open has gotten us talking a lot. I'm super excited for (Bishop) as a man who has been teaching in the district for years ... I know he's going to bring a ton of passion to the program."

Bishop is fully expecting his crew to put its best foot forward in an effort to end a 10-game series losing streak, and at the very least gain some trust in each other as Boulder prepares for the Class 5A Metro 10 League play that comprises the rest of its regular-season schedule.

Fairview fans celebrate during last season’s game with rival Boulder. The two teams square off again in a Week 1 showdown Friday evening.
Fairview fans celebrate during last season's game with rival Boulder. The two teams square off again in a Week 1 showdown Friday evening. (Jeremy Papasso / Staff Photographer)

"If we have some success there, and jump right in to league, it really sets us up well and you hope to carry that momentum," Bishop said. "But also, we know everybody on our side comes to the Fairview game but not the rest of the year. We are hoping to start the season with a big crowd and show them the effort that will keep them coming back."

Expect heavy traffic around Boulder High School throughout the afternoon on Friday, as many people opt to tail-gate and truly soak up the atmosphere that Recht has to offer.

Adam Dunivan: dunivana@dailycamera.com or twitter.com/AdamDunivan24

All-time Series Scores

1964 — Boulder 28, Fairview 0

1965 — Boulder 48, Fairview 0

1966 — Boulder 47, Fairview 14

1967 — Fairview 21, Boulder 14

1968 — Boulder 6, Fairview 0

1969 — Fairview 9, Boulder 8

1970 —Boulder 21, Fairview 7

1971 — Fairview 20, Boulder 0

1972 — Boulder 35, Fairview 29

1973 — Fairview 27, Boulder 9

1974 — Fairview 20, Boulder 7

1975 — Fairview 14, Boulder 12

1976 — Fairview 26, Boulder 14

1977 — Fairview 28, Boulder 7

1978 — Fairview 21, Boulder 0

Boulder High fans cheer on the Panthers during last season’s rivalry game with Fairview. The two teams square off again in a Week 1 showdown Friday
Boulder High fans cheer on the Panthers during last season's rivalry game with Fairview. The two teams square off again in a Week 1 showdown Friday evening. (Jeremy Papasso / Staff Photographer)

1979 — Fairview 35, Boulder 14

1980 — Fairview 34, Boulder 6

1981 — Fairview 19, Boulder 0

1982 — Boulder 21, Fairview 20

1983 — Fairview 22, Boulder 0

1984 — Fairview 18, Boulder 16

1985 — Fairview 38, Boulder 17

1986 — Fairview 28, Boulder 7

1987 — Fairview 14, Boulder 0

1988 — Boulder 13, Fairview 7 (OT)

1989 — Boulder 28, Fairview 0

1990 — Boulder 31, Fairview 0

1991 — Boulder 31, Fairview 0

1992 — Boulder 51, Fairview 7

1993 — Boulder 28, Fairview 0

1994 — Boulder 50, Fairview 7

1995 — Fairview 20, Boulder 0

1996 — Boulder 14, Fairview 13

1997 — Boulder 28, Fairview 14

1998 — Fairview 41, Boulder 17

1999 — Fairview 42, Boulder 0

2000 — Boulder 17, Fairview 10

2001 — Fairview 20, Boulder 13

2002 — Boulder 24, Fairview 10

2003 — Boulder 51, Fairview 48 (4OT)

2004 — Fairview 21, Boulder 20 (OT)

2005 — Fairview 13, Boulder 12

2006 — Fairview 17, Boulder 13

2007 — Boulder 29, Fairview 7

2008 — Fairview 35, Boulder 10

2009 — Fairview 35, Boulder 7

2010 — Fairview 10, Boulder 7

2011 — Fairview 38, Boulder 3

2012 — Fairview 63, Boulder 21

2013 — Fairview 69, Boulder 3

2014 — Fairview 41, Boulder 10

2015 — Fairview 35, Boulder 17

2016 — Fairview 50, Boulder 9

2017 — Fairview 57, Boulder 20