Excitement and uncertainty filled the air at Ogle Stadium as the thousands in attendance wondered what the night would hold for Austin and Decatur high schools. This was the 45th installment of the intense “River City Rivalry” and stakes were high, as the Austin Black Bears were looking for a win that hadn’t occurred since 2006. The two schools share Ogle Stadium on the Decatur campus, though Austin was this year’s home team, adding more fuel to the rivalry fire. The day before the game, Decatur coaches said to watch out for Ryan Watson and his speed and they were right.
Torin is a senior tight end and two-year letterman on the Raiders Varsity Football Team. He carries a 4.42 GPA and is a student in the International Baccalaureate Program. Torin is also Student Council President and a member of the National Honor Society, and represented Decatur High at Boy’s State. He is the son of Joe and Kathy Dupper.
Artavious Birdsong is a senior linebacker for the Austin Bears and carries a 3.97 GPA. He is ranked in the top 10 of his senior class and is a member of the Austin Ambassadors Student Council. Artavious has been a two-year starter on the football team, and part of the state finalist 4 x 100 and 4 x 400 relay teams. He is the son of John and Linda Birdsong.
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