Tulare Union High, No. 3 in The Bee’s Top 10 coaches’ poll, stayed undefeated after downing Mission Oak 62-0 on Friday.
A day earlier, No. 5 Tulare Western followed through on its end and topped Monache 57-6 to also remain perfect.
And that sets the stage for one of the most thrilling “Bell Game” showdowns ever.
A perfect Tulare team facing a flawless Tulare Western program next week to conclude the regular season and determine the East Yosemite League champion.
Plus, they’ll decide which team remains undefeated going into the playoffs.
Combined, Tulare and Tulare Western have demolished their opponents week after week.
The Tribe, armed with national touchdown leader Kazmeir Allen, has outscored their opponents 516-117.
The 5-foot-10 Allen added five touchdowns Friday to boost his season scoring total to 48.
What the Mustangs might lack in big-play ability compared to their rivals, they make up for with a stingier defense.
Tulare Western has held eight opponents to seven points or less and has an overall scoring edge of 404-58.
Running back David Alcantar, who ran for 209 yards against Monache, is the Mustangs’ home run threat with 1,205 rushing yards and 27 touchdowns.
In this decade, the Tribe lead the series 5-2, including 48-27 last season.
The Tulare County rivalry started when Tulare Western opened in 1959.
Tulare Union has been around since 1890.
Battle of the unbeatens
BELL GAME: TULARE UNION VS. TULARE WESTERN
- Vitals: 6:30 p.m. Nov. 3 at Mathias Stadium
- Records: Tulare Union 9-0, 4-0 East Yosemite League; Tulare Western 9-0, 4-0
- Notable players: Tulare Union – RB Kazmeir Allen, WR Emoryie Edwards, QB Nathan Lamb. Tulare Western – RB David Alcantar, QB Elijah Burrell, WR Keshon Butler