ROYAL CITY -- When Royal and River View face off Friday, there will be a lot of history at play.
Mainly one-sided history, though.
River View (4-2, 4-0) hasn't beaten Royal since the 1994 season, losing on last-second touchdowns in 2001 and 2009.
This could be the year for the Panthers, though, as a senior-laden group faces off against a much-younger Royal bunch.
"(Our seniors) have that close-game experience," said coach Brett Jay, the quarterback of the 2001 River View team. "I hope they use that to our advantage this year."
The teams face off at 7 p.m. Friday in Royal City, and the game can be heard on royalhighsports.com.
Royal (4-1, 3-0) has beaten a lot of teams since 1994, not just River View, using a strong program and lots of community support to keep its program running strong.
"There is definitely a mental aspect of (this game) that we have to keep in check," Jay said. "We don't want (our players) to turn it into something bigger than it is, but we definitely want to get this game.
"It's an important game on our schedule."
Besides the history between the schools, the teams are also undefeated in SCAC East play along with powerhouse Connell.
"I'm sure it's going to be a tough game," Royal coach Wiley Allred said. "They have a lot of good athletes and a lot of seniors. We've been playing well, but we will definitely be challenged in all phases of it. I think it will be a good contest."
For River View to be successful, the Panthers' defense will have to find a way to contain Royal's two-pronged rushing attack led by running back Dylan DeLay and sophomore quarterback Alex Myrick.
On the flip side, Royal will need to slow down Panthers running back Chance Watt, who has rushed for more than 1,000 yards this season, as well as quarterback Austin Weatherby, who continues to make progress.
"We just need to match their intensity," Allred said. "All of our sophomore kids have been fairly confident, but they have to play well together as a team."