The football coaches at Burbank High and Burroughs don't always get along.
In fact, in the more than six decades the area programs have been taken part in the rivalry, there has been some coaches who would have preferred to partake in their own rivalry against the opposition's leader behind Memorial Field.
"When the coaches get along, I think that takes some of the pressure off the rivalry, in terms of pumping up the big game," Burroughs Coach Keith Knoop said. "Whereas in the past, I'm not too sure each of the head coaches liked each other. That added a little oomph to it. Sometimes you wanted to win just to stuff it in the other guy's face."
None of that kind of bad blood will occur at this year's Big Game, as the Bulldogs and Indians will meet for their 63rd installment of the rivalry at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Memorial Field. Knoop, along with his Burbank counterpart, Hector Valencia, actually like one another, and the two are friends.