BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - It's been many years since the Shrimp Bowl Classic was held on the coast.
Now after much anticipation, fans of the football showdown were treated to the big event once again.
As fans of the shrimp bowl classic flooded the Milner stadium, the level of excitement for the game got even more intense.
To some this may seem like any other High School Football Game, but to citizens on the coast, it's much more than that.
"We've been looking forward to this. The return of the shrimp bowl. When I was a child I went, it was great," said Carol Santiago.
These ladies are all Biloxi High School graduates. Like many others, they say this event played a significant role in their childhood and having it back is priceless.
"We love football here in this area. We love to see Biloxi and Gulfport get together; we love to see Biloxi and Pascagoula get together. We just think it's great," said Gina Wack.
"I grew up in East Biloxi. And when I was a child, I lived close enough to the Lee Street Stadium, and I could hear the game in my yard. And I think it's a great thing for the coast," said Randall Patterson.
With roots dating back to the 1940s, it's easy to understand why the event has become a staple for the coast.
"I'm really excited, just glad. There's a lot of history with the shrimp bowl and being able to get four teams from South Mississippi to come in and play build up that competition, the competitive spirit again, it's always great," said Congressman Steven Palazzo.
Though the competition is fierce, the over all mission of the Shrimp Bowl is all about helping others.
Organizer are bringing together fans from four schools to one event, with the proceeds going to some local charities.
"The charities 'Feed My Sheep' and 'The Biloxi Doll and Toy Fund' are going to benefit from it, and that's what it's all about for us," said Greg Eleuterius.