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East No. 1 fan says matchup electrifies city

Oct. 11, 2012 at 5:11 a.m.
Updated Oct. 13, 2012 at 5:13 a.m.

Jerry Bernal, Victoria East High School's No. 1 fan, watches the Titans play Tuloso-Midway with his son, Caleb Bernal, 4, at Memorial Stadium in Victoria.

On any other Friday, he'd be cheering on both teams.

"People forget that this is about the kids," Jerry Bernal said. "I know West would root for us if we made the playoffs."

But this weekend, the kid gloves are off.

"This week, I will not root for West," Bernal said. "This week, it's 100 percent about East."

The lifelong Victoria resident said the outcome of Friday's game between the Titans and the Warriors carries weight for the city.

The old rivalry between the former Victoria and Stroman high schools lives on through Victoria West High School and Victoria East High School.

"East is supposed to be like Stroman and West is supposed to be like Victoria High," Bernal said.

As a teen in Victoria in the late '80s, Bernal said he dropped out of Victoria High School before graduating.

"My mom was working two jobs, and my dad was going through some things, so I decided to take that route," Bernal said.

Two years after dropping out, Bernal returned to school for his GED.

"I regret it sometimes, but at least I got some kind of education," Bernal said.

Last Friday, the Titans went up against the Gregory-Portland Wildcats and left with a 20-35 loss.

"I was there this past weekend in Portland; I think they'll bounce back this week against the rival," Bernal said. "The whole family is getting ready. We're there to support the kids, win or lose."

The Titans have yet to lose a game against the Warriors since both of the schools opened three years ago.

Bernal said more parents should get more involved with sports.

"We need to support these young kids," Bernal said. "They want to hear the crowd sound alive."

Click here to read about Victoria West's No. 1 fan.

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