Two high schools. One district. Yet somehow, the two have never met up on the pitch.
That changed Tuesday night.
Maize and Maize South, two schools that quickly became rivals upon South's opening in 2009 had never faced one another in boys soccer. The battle was quickly dubbed the 266 Darby, an ode to the futbol term derby, or a match between two close geographical rivals. Think Manchester United vs Manchester City, perhaps the most well known derby.
Beyond all the pregame hype, the two schools put on a show in Tuesday's match.
The first half was controlled heavily by the Mavericks, but Eagles keeper Kesav Bhakta was up to the challenge. That until Bryce Bowman took things into his own hands. The Mavs senior captain dribbled around four Maize defenders and somehow placed the ball in the back of the net off a ricochet.
That would be all that was needed. An insurance goal was added in the second half when Maize defender Nick Reisweg was credited with an own goal on an attempt to clear it past a charging Raul Gerhardus.
Perhaps the best play of the night was from Bhakta, who guessed just right on a penalty kick attempt from Gerhardus, a diving stop that kept the deficit to just one at the time.
Both teams return to action a week from tonight, with the Mavericks hosting Hutchinson and the Eagles traveling to face Andover Central.