Newberry, Engadine Set for Historic Meeting
Connected by M-117, less than 20 miles separate Engadine and Newberry high schools.
Despite that short drive, the two schools have never met before on the gridiron.
The connection between the programs runs deep as first-year Engadine head coach Vince Leveille played under Newberry head coach Joe Austin at Engadine. A 1985 Engadine graduate, Leveille also served as an assistant coach on Austin’s Newberry coaching staff before making the move to Engadine this fall.
“The kids from Engadine are special,” Austin says. “That’s where I started. That’s where I met my wife. I love those kids and these kids are dear to my heart as well. It’s just football. It’s unfortunate that somebody’s got to lose on Thursday night, but we’re going to step up and play.”
While the two sides have never met in an official contest, they have scrimmaged in the past.
“Coach Austin probably said this is another game but we both really know it’s not,” Leveille said. “Engadine has wanted to play Newberry in football for forever. We scrimmaged them a couple times in the 1980s but we never actually played football.”
Newberry (2-3) and Engadine (0-5) will also honor the military during Thursday’s game.
Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.