About eight miles separate two schools that couldn't be more similar. Same mascot. Same school colors. The same itch to beat the other. The only thing that ever took anything away from the Arp and Troup rivalry is the two teams no longer share the same district, but that doesn't change anything about the tenacity of this rivalry.

Especially after a four-year wait.

Troup running back Seth Gibson. (Noreen Nartia, ETSN.fm)

The Tigers of Arp and the Tigers of Troup will fight for the pride of Highway 135 for the first time in four years Friday night in our ETSN.fm + Dairy Queen Game of the Week.

We'll be live with KLTV Channel 7 from Bill Herrington Tiger Stadium at 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. on Friday night, so catch the pregame and postgame and then get even more coverage of the game right here on ETSN.fm.

Arp has won two straight games by an average of 32 points after dropping its season-opener to No. 4 Tatum, 41-21. Troup, however, will look to keep its record unblemished after starting 2012 with a close win over Quinlan Ford (27-20), followed by consecutive shutouts of West Rusk (40-0) and Quitman (41-0).

The M&M boys in Arp, Michael Roberson and Mikechell Potts, will try to use their big-play ability against Troup, which is in a new era under legendary coach Dennis Alexander.

"Believe it or not, but I don't think we have played really good yet," Alexander told KLTV. "But, if we play well on Friday, I think this could really show how far our team as come since we first got started."

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