Past, Present, Future of CPFB Rivalries


Graphic by Deana Trautz

As past rivalries fade and new rivalries continue, students predict future rivalries

Addy Bates, Reporter

For underclassmen and incoming high schoolers, the rivalry between Cedar Park and Vandegrift may seem as old as time. There is name calling, bickering and plenty of tension in the stands when the game rolls around each season.

Though it is one of the most anticipated games of all, many students today don’t quite understand how and when this rivalry began, or who came before. Let’s take a look at the past, the present and future of CPFB rivalries.

We’ve always had a rivalry with Vandegrift and every year it feels personal,”

— Jesiah Whittington (12)

The Past

During one chapter of our school’s history, the phrase “Crosstown Showdown” was common and spoken with pride. It was the name for Cedar Park’s notorious games against Leander, back when both were 5A schools. Every year, students cheered on both sides, wearing shirts that highlighted the infamous “showdown.” Little did they know that the phrase represented just the first of many rivalries to come. It wasn’t until Leander moved up to the 6A division during the 2016-2017 school year that the intense feud began to die out.

The Present

With nicknames like “Vanderich” and “Cedar Poor,” it’s no secret that our rivalries can get heated. After the football team beat Vandy 38-7 last year, tensions have grown between the two teams, hyping students for this year’s game. Players have been mentally and physically preparing, and continuing to watch their film in order to get a head start for the game on Friday.

“We’ve always had a rivalry with Vandegrift and every year it feels personal,” senior defensive end Jesiah Whittington said. “For me, this game is very important. It’s a stepping stone towards our state game.”

The Future

When it comes to our next rival, students have different opinions on who our next contender will be. The Wolfpack took a poll of 97 students ranging from freshmen through seniors, including 4 alumni. There was quite a debate over whether it will be Georgetown or Hutto, with 66 students responding that Georgetown could be next in the hot seat. This could be due to the fact that our starting quarterback was injured by them during the 2017 season, possibly showing that their team has what it takes.

On the other hand, 28 students voted that they believe Hutto could be next on the list because of our close games every season. Besides these two schools, three students said they thought that the “Crosstown Showdown” could make a comeback, or even a rivalry versus Vista Ridge, due to their proximity.

Whether it be Vandy, Leander or even a new rivalry brewing, players are excited to show off their skills and represent their school this upcoming game.

“This is one of the most important games of the year,” junior running back Jonathan Stockwell said. “I’m looking forward to seeing this game packed to the seat at Gupton and going at it with Vandy.”