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The event looks ahead to the 99th football game between West Linn and Oregon City

PMG PHOTOS - West Linn's Gavin Haines (left) and Oregon City's Morpheus Nithikhun will lead their teams into the 99th annual Battle for the Bridge at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 1, at West Linn High School.The 99th iteration of the West Linn vs. Oregon City high school football rivalry is almost here.

But before we get to the game itself — set for 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 1, at West Linn High School — the Optimists Club of Oregon City and the West Linn Lions Club are inviting the public to attend a breakfast on Tuesday, Oct. 29, at the Oregon City Elks Club to preview the annual "Battle for the Bridge."

The event is scheduled to begin at 6:30 a.m. and costs $10 per person. The Oregon City Elks Club is located at 610 McLoughlin Blvd. in Oregon City.

Former Oregon City girls basketball coach Brad Smith — his teams won 10 state championships and appeared in 14 title games — will be the featured speaker. Smith, along with the senior cheerleaders from both schools, will assist the Optimists and Lions in paying tribute to Oregon City coach Dustin Janz, West Linn coach Chris Miller and the senior players from both teams.

The Oregon City-West Linn series started in 1921 and is recognized as the longest uninterrupted high school rivalry series west of the Mississippi River.

Oregon City holds a 50-47-1 lead in the all-time, regular-season series, although West Linn has won five straight — or six counting the Lions' 34-13 playoff win over the Pioneers in the 2016 Class 6A quarterfinals.


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