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Era Over: Berea, Midpark Rivalry Ends

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BEREA, Ohio -- The most meaningful high school football game in northeast Ohio Friday did not involve playoff points or conference championships.

The battle between Berea and Midpark High Schools was the final time they'll meet on the football field.  The schools are consolidating next year. 

The traditional battle for the Grindstone Trophy ended with Midpark winning 63-0. 

Midpark won the rivalry game 26 times over the years.  Berea came out on top 24 times.

Two Midpark fans, John Kostyo and Adam Oblak, spoke with Fox 8 News prior to the game at a packed Finnie Stadium in Berea. 

"I love Midpark, the president of my class right here. Drove 260 miles this morning from Cincinnati to come watch this game.  We're gonna walk out of here with the stone forever. Grindstone is going to stay at Midpark," they said.

Berea fan Lance Smith said, "Last game, emotional. And I think we are gonna win it. I think Berea will step up and take care of it. Since it is the last game, it'll be a good game overall, win or lose."

The consolidated schools will be housed in the current Berea High School building. Their team nickname will be the Titans. 

There will be new rivalries, but nothing will match the intensity of the rivalry that is ending.