Dating back to 1892, not only is this the oldest football rivalry in Maine, it is also one of the oldest in the country. These two teams duke it out every season for the coveted trophy, the Boot. Coney has been in control as of late, winning the last four in the series, and has the better overall record, 76-58-10. The past two meetings have been a little weird, after the 2019 season was lost to Covid, the 2020 game was played in a 7-on-7 format, and last year’s game was in the preseason. However, that does not mean that these games meant any less to either team. After their 40-6 victory, a senior from Coney said “That boot, that means just as much as it ever has. If not more, because we had to put in the work to come back here and return with a bang”. Going into the 145th edition of the rivalry, the Gardiner Tigers look to get back on track and break their losing streak to their rivals, as the Cony Rams look to continue their recent success.
An early touchdown in the 1st quarter put Gardiner on top 6-0. The defense on both sides held tight in the second quarter. Cony reciprocated with a TD plus the extra point to take the lead 7-6 with 11 minutes left in the 3rd quarter. In the 3rd, the Rams put two more TDs on the board, bringing the score to 20-6 with 8 minutes left in the game. In an exciting last few minutes of the game, both teams fought for the victory. Cony came out on top with a final score of 27-12.