For the first time since 1950, Bellaire and Shadyside are going to meet on the football field.
On Thursday afternoon, the athletics directors for the two schools - Molly Feller of Bellaire and John Triveri of Shadyside - formally inked the contracts for a two-year, home-and-home in football, starting in 2013.
"I think this should be a pretty good matchup between the two teams," said Bellaire coach Jose Davis. "Obviously, the communities are so close that a lot of people have been wanting to see this game played for a long time."
Shadyside coach Mark Holenka, who is embarking on his fifth season at the helm of his alma mater, is happy to have the schedule completed in early January for the first time in several seasons.
"I've not really had time to digest the idea of playing Bellaire yet, but I know it will certainly be a challenge for us," Holenka said. "Bellaire has gotten going again and has things really going in a positive direction. It'll be a challenge when you consider everything we lost (to graduation), but it's going to be fun. The student body wants it and I think a lot of the population wants it."
The first meeting between the two will be held at Nelson Field in Bellaire on Sept. 7 with kickoff slated for 12:30 p.m. The second meeting will be at Fleming Field on Sept. 5 with kickoff set for 7 p.m.
A year ago at this time, Bellaire, which is coming off an 8-3 campaign and trip to the Division V playoffs, had filled its schedule for the 2013 season. The Big Reds had signed a multi-year deal with Bridgeport.
However, the Bulldogs and Big Reds agreed that if both could come up with another game for that date, they'd call of their intended series. Bridgeport has signed a four-year deal with Caldwell for the Week 3 slot.
Shadyside, which has had trouble filling its schedule for several seasons, is coming off a 10-1 campaign. The Tigers earlier signed Meadowbrook and Union Local to their schedule.