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Eastern, Central renew longtime rivalry

Wildcats predate Grizzlies by decades as THE RIVAL for Eagles


Last updated 8/30/2018 at 12:40pm

File photo Whenever Eastern Washington and Central Washington meet - like in this game at Qwest Field in Seattle in 2010 where Matt Johnson makes a defensive play - the battles have generally always been fierce. Eastern won this game 35-32 in the last meeting between the two schools and went on to win the Football Championship Subdivision national championship.

Decades before football games between Eastern Washington and Montana were marked on the calendar well in advance, their first and arguably the most notable rivals were the Central Washington Wildcats.

While today's fans might look down their nose a bit, oldtimers recognize that when the Savages met the Wildcats on any sports field or court, it was largely the equivalent of war, waged 180 miles apart, sometimes twice a season in the old NAIA and Evergreen Conference days.

Former Eastern player Ray Stookey, a running back on the 1967 Savage team that played in the NAIA national title game, lo...

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