High school football — those bright Friday night lights — truly is something special.

It’s a short season compared to most sports with a 10-game season followed by playoffs. You practice and work long hours for 10, maybe 11 opportunities to take the field. Sometimes if you’re fortunate you get a few more games.

The addition this year of the Mayors’ Cup in a Week 2 showdown between Elizabethtown and North Hardin added even more hype and significance to the county rivalry.

It was a decision by Radcliff Mayor J.J. Duvall and Elizabethtown Mayor Jeff Gregory to have a cup riding on the game to provide a little more incentive to the contest.

Gregory and Duvall are friends and stripping away barriers between the two cities by working for the good of both communities.

It’s a healthy rivalry and a competitive one with North Hardin holding a 3-2 edge in the last five meetings.

The teams this year played for the gold and silver Mayor’s Cup graciously donated by Clark Jewelers of Elizabethtown.

North Hardin won the game, 20-13. But it was more than a game. The Elizabethtown Athletic Complex was packed, bands played and cheerleaders helped get the big crowd in the spirit of the matchup.

It was a memorable experience for all involved and with the Mayors’ Cup on the line, that added to the enthusiasm.

It’s good to be young and it’s good to have adults hopeful of making the high school football experience even more by playing in an electric atmosphere and for a rivalry trophy that will remain with the winner each year.

A tradition was started this year thanks to Gregory and Duvall.

The Mayors’ Cup has found a home this year in Radcliff and it should find a home in the heart of high school football in Hardin County.

The idea by the mayors blossomed and was a winning gesture in many ways.

This editorial reflects a consensus of The News-Enterprise editorial board.

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