“One of the tough things about our schedule is that our top opponents are all in the last 3 or 4 weeks,” Cavanaugh said. “But even with the those games, unless you’ve played or coached in the Coal Bucket game before, I don’t know if you truly can be prepared for it. It’s more physical, more emotional, more detailed. With the last few years the game has come down to the final minutes and the final drive and you really have to finish the game.”
On top of the special game on the field there will be several off the field festivities as well. It is Senior Night for the Westville Tigers as well as the 50th Anniversary of the Coal Bucket itself.
“It’s been a big deal since it started,” Cassie Haugen, who is in charge of the festivities said. “In 1960, the rivalry was pretty harsh, but fun. The teams didn’t play in ‘61 or ‘62 to cool things off a little bit and then they played again in ‘63 and the bucket started. It’s been the same coal bucket ever since.”
There will be a special pre-game ceremony including members of the 1963 teams. Westville Coach Terry Ave will be a part of the festivities as well as 1963 captains Dennis Watson (Westville) and Jim Gaylen (Georgetown) will take part in the coin toss.
There will also be a commemorative program featuring the 1963 teams.
Other members of the 1963 team and cheerleaders will also be recognized.
After the game, the Westville American Legion will be hosting a Sock-Hop featuring 1960’s music and a slide show from the two schools and the games.
Elsewhere in the conference, Salt Fork will host Oakwood/Armstrong Potomac in a game at Jamaica. Hoopeston Area will play at Milford and the Bismarck-Henning Blue Devils look to finish the regular season undefeated as they host Arthur-Lovington.