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Rivals Reitz & Mater Dei team up for Sunrise School Spirit

Mater Dei and Reitz students combined forces for a first-ever dual Sunrise School Spirit and pep rally (WFIE) Mater Dei and Reitz students combined forces for a first-ever dual Sunrise School Spirit and pep rally (WFIE)
EVANSVILLE, IN (WFIE) -

Before their rivalry football game Friday night, Reitz and Mater Dei students teamed up to help get food to the hungry in the Tri-State.

The students combined forces for a first-ever dual Sunrise School Spirit food drive and pep rally.

Together, and with help from the West Side, they brought in 14,442 pounds of food and drinks that will go to the Tri-State Food Bank.

They used that food to create a giant replica of the coveted Golden Acorn trophy that goes to the winning football team each year.

Reitz leads the longtime series 44-20, but Mater Dei has won the past three games.

"It's an exciting game every year. Everybody really looks forward to it,” said Mater Dei senior Ashley Pierre.

"It looks really, really awesome. I was really impressed. Yeah, it was cool," Reitz senior Annie Rutledge said about the food display.

"It's been a couple years, and we're a little bit unhappy about it, and I think the boys are really ready to take the Nut (trophy) back tonight," explained Reitz senior Adison Young.

Players from both teams were in the stands instead of on the sidelines during our live Sunrise School Spirit broadcast.

"The football boys normally are not in the student section, and they made us 10 times louder this morning, so that was kind of cool to see," said Rutledge.

"It was really exciting. There was a great atmosphere. It was really cool to come together with all the other teams and just do something great for the community,” said Pierre.

"It's a great cause, and I think that gets a lot of people to go to the grocery store, to clean out their cabinets," said Young.

"I think it makes our school come together as well. This whole process of bringing in cans I think has shown school spirit," added Rutledge.

On Friday, October 21, Sunrise School Spirit travels to McLean County High School. 

Erin Meyer will be there live from 6-7 a.m.

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