Elkhart football rivals will battle over the Mangy Lion on Friday night

Elkhart Central has owned the trophy for two years, but Elkhart Memorial is playing at home in 2014. 

Posted on Aug. 22, 2014 at 11:00 a.m.

The Mangy Lion still stands as the only existing Elkhart County football trophy. It’s hallowed in the City with a Heart.

Elkhart Central’s owned it on Blazer Boulevard for two straight years. Rival Elkhart Memorial will try to take it back on Friday, Aug. 22. Fans are encouraged to stick around after the game for a fireworks display.

The Crimson Chargers haven’t lost three straight season openers since a run of setbacks from 1997-2000. The Blue Blazers own a 25-19 edge in the all-time series dating back to 1972.

Other facts and figures to consume:

Opening Night

Fairfield has won 10 straight openers

Northridge has won 6 of last 8 openers

Concord has won 5 of last 6 openers

• Since its series started with Jimtown in 1998, NorthWood has not won back-to-back meetings

Goshen has lost two straight openers

Mishawaka Marian, Penn and Wawasee have won three straight openers

Football 0-10

0 – Elkhart County area state championships since 2005

1 – Combined sectional titles won by Elkhart Memorial and Elkhart Sectional

2 – New head coaches in Elkhart County (Nate Andrews, NorthWood; Kyle Park, Goshen)

3 – Number of Northern State schools (Jimtown, Bremen, New Prairie) which have on league titles since 1989

4 – Consecutive NLC championships won by Concord

5 – Fairfield NECC titles since 2006

6 – Jimtown state finals appearances

7 – Combined Elkhart County state titles for Jimtown (4), Goshen (2) and NorthWood (1)

8 – Schools in the last NSC season before it disbands after the 2014-15 school year

9 – Northridge NLC victories from 2007-2012

10 – Combined number of NIC, NLC, NSC and NECC teams which have never won a sectional title (Central, Northridge, Warsaw, SB Adams, Knox, Lakeland, West Noble, Eastside, Fremont, Prairie Heights)

Down and dirty

Where are the games?

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