NEDERLAND, Texas — One of Texas High School football's biggest rivalries will take center stage Friday night in Nederland.
For decades, Mid-County Madness (MCM) has been one of the most anticipated games each year.
Ticket sales indicate just that.
Port Neches-Groves ISD sold out of its MCM tickets back in the summer.
Nederland's tickets go on sale at 7:30 a.m. Tuesday, at the main entrance of the high school.
Some fans wanted to ensure they secured a seat inside Bulldog Stadium Friday.
Tracy Wallace began sitting in line at 1:30 p.m. Sunday.
"I wanted to be first in line," Wallace said. "I didn't want to miss my chance to get a ticket."
Sure enough, Wallace will be the first to receive an available Mid-County Madness ticket.
A couple dozens others will be joining her and spend the night so they can be a part of the madness later this week.
Nederland ISD tells 12News there are 450 adult tickets available, and 700 student tickets left.
Bulldog Stadium has a capacity of 10,049 (5,452 on home side and 4,597 on visitor side).
Nederland High School Principal Dr. Steven Beagle says this game means a lot.
"It's one of the greatest rivalries in the state of Texas," Beagle said. "We have two communities that have a great deal of pride."
While fans have to wait a few more days before kickoff, they've found a way to compete throughout the week.
For the fifth year in a row, Rebecca Ward is holding the Mid-County Madness treasure hunt.
"We'll post the clues at 7:00 every night except for the grand prize which we'll do at 11 a.m.," Ward said. "So, everybody can enjoy the game and get back to where they need to be so when the clue drops they're ready."
It's free to join, and all you have to do is like the Facebook page.
"I don't know if it really needs our help, but it just adds to the excitement," Ward said. "We always ask if you're a Bulldog or an Indian when you find it. People get really into it, they think that their team will win even at the treasure hunt."
The Bum Phillips Trophy presentation didn't take place on the field last year.
Nederland school officials have decided to change that in 2019.
"We will give that away on the sideline of the winning team," Beagle said. "It's going to be a lot of fun and looking forward to a great game between the Bulldogs and Indians."
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