Lindsay, Muenster Prepare for Kraut Bowl

It's dubbed the Kraut Bowl. The rivalry game between two prominent German communities, Lindsay and Muenster, that dates back to 1964.

"This is two very, very proud communities," Lindsay Head Coach Charles Boles said. "Two very proud programs that have a lot of tradition, so the bragging rights run deep."

"It's such a great game," Muenster Head Coach Brady Carney said. "As far as small schools go it's one of the best rivalries, in my opinion, in the state."

The Hornets hold the overall lead in the series 24-18 with 4 ties, but the last four years the teams have alternated victories with Lindsay coming out on top last season in overtime 13-7.

"We got to come out fast 1st quarter, get them tired and just keep getting the ball in the end zone," Muenster running back Trace Klement said.

"We're going to overpower their strengths and attack their weaknesses," Lindsay lineman Hunter Ellender said. "Then let our offense take over afterwards."

It's been all about defense of late, the last three years the winner of the Kraut Bowl has managed only 13 points. However when you play nearly 50 times you become quite familiar with one another.

"Both schools know each other very, very well," Boles said. "They know our strengths and weaknesses. They know our schemes probably better than we do and we feel like we know their schemes very well."

"It's just a defensive battle and always has been," Carney said. "I think that goes back to what we preach in our program and what they preach in their program and that's tough hard nosed kids."

The Kraut Bowl has much more than bragging rights on the line, the winner will have the inside track for a district championship.

"This is the district championship game," Muenster wide receiver Chase Deeken said. "This is the game that decides the district basically."

"It's a big game, but it's the first district game," Lindsay lineman Garrett Martin said. "We just want to get out there and start district off with a win."

The Kraut Bowl will kick off at 7:30 on Friday in Lindsay.