LODGE GRASS -- Thursday is the inaugural Elvis Old Bull Day in Lodge Grass, and it couldn't be on a better day. The Indians will host rival Hardin for the final time.
There will be a pregame ceremony to honor Old Bull before the boys tip off in what should be a phenomenal matchup. Hardin and Lodge Grass are two of the best teams in their respective classifications, and the rivalry is one of the best in Montana. They'll add the final chapter in Lodge Grass on Thursday night in front of a capacity crowd.
"The rivalry is pretty intense. You've got literally families that dislike each other for I don't know how long, 364 days out of the year," Lodge Grass athletic director Dee Pretty On Top said. "The same family members, you'll have one that will root for Lodge Grass, one that will root for Hardin. Kind of makes you wonder if they talk during Thanksgiving or Christmas or other family functions, but it's an intense rivalry."
"It's kind of hard to explain. You have to be there," Elvis Old Bull Jr. said. "The excitement and the level of competitiveness that you engage in, because a lot of us are related to each other during this game, but when we get on that court (Thursday) like those boys are going to do right now, everyone is out there just to win this game."
Tipoff is slated for 7:30 p.m., but that hinges on the pregame ceremonies.