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A 30-pound brass bell has been awarded to the winner of this game since 1937, although the series dates back to Oct. 23, 1909. Nine miles of farm fields separate Brookfield and Marceline, but the entire area nearly rioted in 2004 when the Bell Game was temporarily canceled because of a scheduling snafu created when Marceline dropped down a classification, meaning it could no longer meet Brookfield in the districts. The issue consumed both towns for seven weeks until the Tri-Rivers Conference voted to allow Brookfield out of a league game, giving it a date to play a non-conference game against Marceline.
Jefferson City, Mo.
Columbia and Jefferson City are the hubs of central Missouri - the two biggest cities, one is the home of the state's flagship university and the other the home of the state government. Throw in the fact that Jefferson City was arguably the state's top football program in the 1970s (Jeff City won three state titles and Hickman one in that decade) and 1980s/90s (seven more Jeff City state titles over those two decades), and there was plenty of reason for this rivalry to grow. "The old blood seems to dislike more than the young blood and when the young blood gets a little older they seem to figure it out," Hickman athletic director Doug Mirts said.
Webster Groves, Mo.
This is believed to be the longest-running Thanksgiving game west of the Mississippi, the series dating back to 1898 and the Thanksgiving tradition starting in 1907. If either team is still alive in the playoffs at Thanksgiving, then the schools' junior varsity teams will face off and it will count toward the varsity record. Webster Groves leads the series 53-43-7 - a series that awards the 400-pound Frisco Bell to its winner.