The Big Game in KSAT 12’s Big Game Coverage in Week 5 of the 2018 high school football season features No. 5 Clemens vs No. 7 Steele, according to 12’s top 12.
This is unlike any other neighborhood rivalry in South Texas since the Clemens Buffaloes and Steele Knights share the same stadium.
“It makes for a great atmosphere on a Friday night," said Jared Johnston, Clemens' head coach. “It’s great for (the) Schertz-Cibolo-Universal City School District to watch the two schools come together and display their talents.
Steele head coach David Saenz echoed similar sentiments.
“It’s always a great atmosphere, a great game, and anytime you can get both schools' bands and ROTC and cheer, it’s going to be pretty electric on Friday night," Saenz said.
The Buffaloes come into the district 26-6A showdown at 3 and 1 in the season so far. That’s after the Buffaloes beat Madison to open their season, 23-20, followed by a shutout against MacArthur, 27-0. Their only loss so far was to Reagan, 26-21, which was ranked fourth in the city at the time, before they opened district play last week with a 19-13 win against Smithson Valley.
The Steele Knights are 2-2, but their losses came at the hands of the No. 2 ranked team in the city, O’Connor, 21-14, and just last weekend to the No. 1 ranked Judson Rockets, 58-21.
The Steele Knights hold an eight-game win streak over the Buffaloes, which includes a 14 to 13 come-from-behind victory last year. The Buffaloes class of 2019 has never beaten the Knights.
“We are looking to get the first win this year," said Zachery Morales, Clemens' senior receiver. “I think we can do it this year.”
The last time the Buffaloes beat the Knights was during their first meeting in 2006, 28-3. But even though this is a rivalry game, the two teams respect one another.
“They’re a very good opponent," said Tyrin Smith, senior receiver for Steele. “We just have to lock in and do what we do and be focused.”
Kickoff in the Battle of 3009 is set for 7:30 p.m. Friday at Lehnhoff Stadium.