84th meeting of the Battle of the River takes place Friday night in Mexia
BOTR began back in 1901, when both Mexia and Groesbeck were still wet behind the ears when it came to the game of football - still a relatively new sport at the turn of the 20th Century.
But after years of traveling back and forth across the Navasota River here in Limestone County, across wooden bridges back in the early days of travel, sometimes by train when the roads were too muddy. The road has changed a lot since the rivalries beginning, now steel, concrete and asphalt lie beneath the vehicles and rain is no longer a problem for fans to drive either to Mexia or Groesbeck to watch these fine young men play.
The only change has been the number of years and the number of games played between the two major cities in Limestone County.
Mexia has won 60 of the 83 meetings, which includes four ties.
Research over the summer has revealed a few lost seasons in which the two teams played each other, moving the total up to 83 compared to the 78 games played previously.
In the early days, Mexia and Groesbeck sometimes met twice in a season as was the trend among many teams in the area, due to travel limitations and other things.
Further research may reveal more games to be added to the 83 games already played, if scores can be found between 1903 and 1913.
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