The Mag Bowl is the annual football game between Magnolia High School and Magnolia West High School. This is the 12th year for the game. The Magnolia West Mustangs have won eight of those games, while the Magnolia Bulldogs have won three of the games.
Montgomery County Pct. 2 Commissioner Charlie Riley is a 1975 graduate of Magnolia High School, though he is conflicted about who he supports in the game.
“I’m still a Bulldog, but I’ve got a grandchild going to Magnolia West,” Riley said. “What I usually do is I sit on one side for the first half and sit on the other side for the second half, so I pull for both of them.”
Riley said he believes the Mag Bowl has brought the community together since the second high school, Magnolia West, started in 2006.
“It kind of split the community apart when you got the second high school, and I think it does that to small communities, but this brings everybody together before the game with tailgate parties and certain events they do on whichever field they’re playing on that night,” Riley said.
Riley said despite the camaraderie and good sportsmanship on both sides, somebody has to win.
“That’s where, maybe, the separation comes back in to play, just a little bit, but it has brought the community a long way to pull it back together, and it’s a good thing,” Riley said.
Montgomery County Pct. 5 Constable Chris Jones is a 1991 graduate of Magnolia High School.
“The Mag Bowl is kind of bittersweet for me because I’m a Bulldog, but all my kids are going to Magnolia West,” Jones said. “I like to stay neutral and say, ‘Go Maroon. ’”
Jones said the tradition of the game is to bring both sides of the community together.
“There’s going to be a rivalry between two teams that are so close to each other, but we’re able to bring the community together and celebrate the community as a whole,” Jones said.
This year’s game is being played at Magnolia West High School. It starts at 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 1.
There are plenty of activities going on before the game starts. The Magnolia Rotary Club is hosting a tailgate event from 4:30 to 7 p.m., adjacent to Magnolia West football stadium. The event has a carnival theme this year, and will include a bungee trampoline, a life-size Light Brite, a Magnolia Fire Department truck and more.
Both the home and visitor gates will open at 6 p.m. for the game.
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