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Till football do us part: District title on line as South Pittsburg, Marion County take to field

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Husband and wife Dale and Diana Winters pose at the Marion County High School football stadium on Wednesday in Jasper. Photo by Maura Friedman/Times Free Press Husband and wife Dale and Diana Winters pose at the Marion County High School football stadium on Wednesday in Jasper. Photo by Maura Friedman/Times Free Press
CHATTANOOGA, TN (Times Free Press) -

It took Dale Winters three years of dating to persuade his girlfriend to become his wife seven years ago. It'll take a lot longer than that to convince her to sit on the same side of the stands with him for the annual Marion County vs. South Pittsburg high school football game.

"That won't happen. Ever," said Diana Winters, a 1989 Marion County graduate. Her husband, the chief of police in South Pittsburg, is a proud 1983 SPHS grad, and they are one of countless couples in this area known as "a house divided" thanks to one of the state's oldest prep rivalries.

That rivalry will be renewed tonight when Class 1A's top-ranked South Pittsburg travels cross-county to Class 2A's third-ranked Marion County. The South Pittsburg Pirates lead the all-time series 46-38-4, having won the last seven games, and 28 of the previous meetings have been decided by a touchdown or less.

Tonight marks the first time since 1982 that these bitter rivals have met in the final game of the regular season, and each enters with an 8-1 record. For the first time in recent memory more than just bragging rights are on the line, as the District 6-A championship will be decided.

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