PULLMAN — Two legendary high school football coaches will be honored at halftime of the the 10th annual Friendship Bowl between Percy Julian and Paul Robeson high schools Sunday.
The game is at 4 p.m. Sunday at Gately Stadium, 810 E. 103rd St. Tickets are $5.
Former Julian football coach J.W. Smith and former Robeson coach Roy Curry will be honored at halftime, according to Isaac Carter II, Robeson's athletic director.
"These two men changed the game of high school football and each have a long track record of success and players who have played professionally," said Carter, a 1981 Robeson graduate.
Smith coached Julian for 16 years, netting a 153-44 record before retiring in 1990. Curry coached at Robeson from 1969 to 2000, winning 240 games and losing just 73.
Proceeds from ticket sales will go to the athletic department at Robeson, which is the home team, said Jerry Wade, president of the Percy Julian Alumni Association. Tailgating in the parking lot will begin at 2 p.m.
"The money raised will be used to buy equipment, pay for transportation for athletes and other things," said Carter. "The school needs our support."
Julian, 10330 S. Elizabeth St., and Robeson, 6835 S. Normal Blvd., have been rivals for years.
"It's our turn to win this rivalry. We have only beaten them three times over the years," said Wade, a 1982 Julian graduate.
Since the home team gets to keep all ticket sales, Wade said he and other alumni have been selling tickets at alumni fundraising events to raise money for Julian's athletic department and to buy iPads for students.
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