There are plenty of quality rivalries in Massachusetts, particularly those between conference foes or bordering towns (especially if they clash on Thanksgiving).
But there may be no better modern rivalry than Xaverian vs. Brockton, which started in 1988 and has rarely disappointed considering the talent that have passed through both programs and the wars they've waged on the field.
A new chapter in that rivalry's history was etched Friday night at Marciano Stadium, where both teams showed why they were -- and why they remain -- No. 1 and 2 in the Globe Top 20 poll after Xaverian's come-from-behind, 14-7 triumph.
Check out the video above where Xaverian coach Charlie Stevenson talks about the rivalry, including the latest installment.
As Stevenson mentions, there's potential for a postseason rematch as the Catholic Conference champion tangles with the Big 3 winner in the opening round of the playoffs. Could Brockton turn the tables with a healthy Albert Louis-Jean?
Maybe we'll find out in late November.
(For more on the Brockton-Xaverian rivalry, we point you in the direction of our good friend Danny Ventura who keeps a stellar recap of every meeting on the Boston Herald's High School Insider blog).
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