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Updated: 11/01/2013 08:00:00AM

Charlotte showdown tonight

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SUN PHOTO BY JOSH OLIVE, jolive@sun-herald.com
Mascots for the Port Charlotte High School Pirates and the Charlotte High School Fighting Tarpons square off in the Charlotte Sun parking lot during a photo shoot Thursday in advance of today's big football showdown between the rival schools. The game is at 7 p.m. at Charlotte High School in Punta Gorda. See more coverage in Sports.

SUN PHOTO BY ADAM KREGER

Charlotte High School is prepared for crowds nearing 10,000 tonight as the Tarpons take on the Port Charlotte Pirates. With a district title on the line, some community members say this is one of the biggest games of the teams' 32-year rivalry.

SUN PHOTO BY ADAM KREGER

Port Charlotte High School is not shy in letting the community know their football team is undefeated heading into tonight's huge showdown with cross-town rival Charlotte High School. The Tarpons, who are hosting the contest, would be glad to hand the Pirates their first loss.

By ADAM KREGER

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Charlotte High School’s lobby is filled with sports memorabilia, a lot of it related to football. Some of the items behind the glass casing include a team photo from 1936, a game ball from 1948, and a season schedule from 1961. For decades, the Tarpons were the premiere high school team in the area.

Then 1982 rolled around. They had company.

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