EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSNew Trophy Makes Debut At Battle Of The Bridge
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Reported by: Katy Brown
Web Producer: Heath Harrison
Reported: Sep. 27, 2013 4:45 PM EDT
Updated: Sep. 27, 2013 10:42 PM EDT
St. Albans , Kanawha County , West Virginia
The annual battle between St. Albans and Nitro high schools was more than just a fight for football supremacy. Players competed for a special trophy made from an actual piece of steel from the bridge that connected the two communities.
The Battle of the Bridge is a tradition for the two schools, and one father and son duo wanted to give back to the tradition and provide a new trophy for the long-lived rivalry.
Mark and Casey Turley have worked on this new "Battle of the Bridge" trophy for more than six months.
And Friday night, the new hardware was handed out to the winner.
The new trophy is made of a piece of steel from the Dick Henderson Memorial Bridge which was demolished early this year.
Wood was added to the trophy to display the team mascots and a panoramic photo of the old bridge.
It also has a flashy emblem resembling the look of a championship ring.
And, of course, 32 plaques to proudly display the winners of the game for years to come.
It’s piece of tradition both Mark and Casey are proud to be a part of.
“It just seemed like the thing to do,” Mark Turley said. “They got a scrap pile of bridge steel and the existing trophy is a little dated."
The trophy weighs more than 88 pounds.
"This game goes back to my high school days, when I played football for Nitro," Bright said.
St. Albans took home the trophy with a 43 to 19 victory over Nitro, and will proudly display the trophy until next year’s Battle of the Bridge.
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