Burleson ISD Superintendent Dr. Bret Jimerson won't be hard to find Friday.
He'll be wearing both teams' colors and probably can be spotted somewhere around the 50-yard line at Burleson Stadium.
"I'll be supporting our kids, all of our Burleson ISD kids," Jimerson said. "I'll be rooting for both sides."
Burleson (5-4, 4-2 in District 8-4A) will meet Centennial (2-7, 2-4) in the second annual meeting between the teams. The winner will take home "The Boot." Centennial leads the series, 1-0. Burleson will put a four-game district winning streak on the line.
"We want to bring the community together and fill the stadium," Jimerson said. "I have yet to see the stadium completely filled since I've been in Burleson. That's what I hope to see Friday night. That will make it special for the teams."
Burleson has qualified for the playoffs and as their reward for responding from a winless 2012 season will draw Aledo (9-0), the No. 1 team in Class 4A in the bi-district round. First, Burleson will meet Centennial in the final game of the regular season. Burleson will be the home team and will sit on the ticket office side of the stadium.
"I'm looking forward to a hard-fought contest, with both teams showing up and leaving everything on the field," Jimerson said.
"The Boot," presented by First National Bank of Burleson and the Burleson Star, will be awarded in the postgame by Jimerson to the team that wins the game. Centennial has held the trophy for the past year.
Although it won't have the chance to reach the playoffs, there's still plenty for which Centennial can play, Jimerson said.
"We're playing for something, we're playing for 'The Boot,'" he said. "We're not playing to beat the other person."
It is an opportunity for Jimerson to see both teams play on a Friday night. He has spent his first year as superintendent watching the home team at Burleson Stadium, whichever school that might be on a given night.
"We're all Burleson," Jimerson said. "These are all our kids engaged in healthy competition. At the end of the game, we'll shake hands and continue to be friends and neighbors."
The Burleson ISD will recognize the service of military service men and women by offering anyone with a military identification card free admission to the game. Tickets will be $8 at the gate. The military will also be honored at halftime.