GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - It's a sign of the times this week at Gulfport High, students busy hanging signs that say it all, BBB, Beat Biloxi Bad. The history of this game, and the rivalry with Biloxi, can be seen in the hallways of the field house, championship teams that brought glory to the city. The trophy case is another reminder of the powerful hold football has on the city.
But it's also a family affair for Gloria Smith and her daughter, Alice Walker.
"My mom of course cheered here, then she was cheerleading sponsor, then I cheered here, my sister cheered here," Walker remembered.
If you think the competition is strictly between the players on the gridiron, you may want to think again.
"You always want to outshine Biloxi on the field, their cheerleaders," Smith said. "It's instilled in them to know that you want to be better than Biloxi cheerleaders."
Both mother and daughter agree, cheerleaders can play a pivotal role in helping the Admirals sail to victory over its arch rival.
"I think we play a huge role in getting the crowd behind the team during the game," Walker said. "It's all about the BBB chant: Beat Biloxi Bad."
But most important, both consider themselves to be motivational speakers.
"Getting everybody to wear orange and blue and paint their faces," Walker said. "There'll be fans there from three years old to 83 years old. Getting everybody fired up to beat Biloxi."
Remember, the big game is this Friday at Biloxi High Stadium. You can watch it on WLOX beginning at 7pm.