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Two Richmond-area schools compete for state championship

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RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) -

Two local high schools will play for the state basketball title. It will be the last time such a match up will ever happen. Thousands of fans will come to see John Marshall and Henrico play. 

Next year, the conference will re-align, which means John Marshall and Henrico won't play in the same division.

When NBC12 visited the high schools earlier Friday, it's safe to say there was just a little excitement in the air.  

After hearing students chant and cheer for their team in the school cafeteria, Henrico fans have no doubt their Warriors will bring home a victory.

"I'm excited. I'm pumped," said Kamiya Williams. "I'm so excited for them. I know they're going to win. If they don't, I'm going to cry."

It's been 50 years since the Warriors have made it to state finals and 20 for their rival John Marshall. The schools are just a mile-and-a half apart, creating a sense of community - except when that buzzer goes off.

"I'm really excited," said John Marshall Head Coach Ty White. "I'm excited for the 804 because it's the first opportunity in a long time to win a state title and bring it back to the 804. 

"Regardless of the score Friday night, the Warriors are fairly certain they'll at least get away with the ‘Most School Spirit' award."

"Of course we're going to win," said Kendra Dabney. "We beat John Marshall twice so it would make sense to beat them again. "We're already state champions. We just have to play this game to prove it."

Marshall says the last two losses to Henrico are not signs of what's to come.

"They say we're the underdog, but I never knew an underdog who could get to the state championship," said Marshall basketball player, Gee Dean. "That's what a lot of people say. We're just going to prove it on the court tonight."

Each school hopes the energy created from their school spirit will shine through on the court. 

The game tips off at 9:00 p.m. Friday at the Siegel Center. Anyone who can't attend the game can catch it on the CW Richmond. WUPV will carry the game beginning at 9:00.

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