Sometimes it's the ugly matchup that proves to net the best results.
Entering Friday's slate of games, the Perkins (0-4) at Edison (1-3) matchup didn't exactly jump out at people. Well, maybe it did in a bad way.
However, the Chargers and Pirates played a thriller for the third straight year, as a Pirate 2-point conversion attempt with 91 seconds left fell short in Edison's 28-27 win.
In 2009, the two teams met in a huge midseason clash that went to Perkins in the final seconds, 20-13. In 2010, the Chargers won 21-20, holding off a late Perkins rally.
Friday's game featured four different lead changes, five plays of 35 yards and longer, and nearly 800 yards of total offense.
But in the end, nothing stood out than the highs and lows high school football can bring.
After Edison's Brennan Otto made a spectacular leaping and falling 22-yard touchdown catch for a 14-8 Charger lead, the Pirates scored on it's very next play: a 79-yard pass and catch from Seth Bryant to J.J. Gasteier.
Trailing 28-21, Mitch Benkey devastated the Edison defense with a 19-yard touchdown run on a fourth-and-2 scenario with 1:31 left.
But just moments later on the very next snap, Perkins went for two and got stopped less than a foot short to preserve an Edison win.
It's tough to go through all of that, but that's probably the great part of the game," Edison coach Jim Hall said. "You don't get that anywhere else. This atmosphere and that kind of situation you can only get in this sport, and it's great for the kids to go through.
"They can learn a little something about themselves. It's hard to stay emotionally level through that whole thing, but in the back of our minds we know we're just one play away."