As if it was needed, the 100th Battle of 287 picked up a little additional intrigue Friday afternoon after Copperas Cove ISD announced Jack Alvarez as its new head football coach and athletic director.
Alvarez will lead the Bulldogs after spending the last seven seasons as the head football coach at Ennis High School. He compiled a 60-25 record in Ennis, which included the Lions fifth state championship in 2014.
In an EISD press release, Alvarez, who carries a 165-74 record over his 20-year career as a head coach, thanked the Ennis community and parents for entrusting him with their "most precious commodity, their kids."
“As I move into the next chapter of my career and life at Copperas Cove, the biggest thing I will miss will be the young men that I got to coach every day," Alvarez added. "They are a special breed of young men that fight their hearts out every Friday night for each other. Their dedication and will to win is what makes them so special."
Alvarez continued, "I will only have good wishes and great memories of the Ennis Lions. No words can express the appreciation I have for Ennis ISD, and all the support Dr. [John] Chapman and the Board of Trustees has given me to help make the Lions successful over the past seven years."
Alvarez concluded the announcement by reminding the football community any of his successes are "a reflection of the kids, coaches, and the community that they represent."
He also claimed, "Every day has been a great day as a Lion!"
The Alvarez-led Lions have lost each of the last three clashes against Waxahachie in the Battle of 287, which picks up for the 100th time in week one this fall.
The Indians evened the series at 47-47-2 last season with a 42-28 home win. The victory also happened to be the 600th in program history for the Tribe.
Waxahachie and Ennis kickoff the 2018 high school football season at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 31 in Ennis.
As of Saturday afternoon, Ennis ISD had not yet posted a head football coaching job on its district website.