Tonight's Madison-Jennings County football game will not only be homecoming for the Cubs but also mark the first "Battle of the Railroad" game between the two rivals.

The two schools, separated by just 22 miles, have been playing football annually since 1968 but this year marks the first time that a traveling trophy will be presented to the winner.

With railroads connecting the two counties, both programs found it fit to call the rivalry game the "Battle of the Railroad." The trophy is a piece of iron railroad track with two train engines pulling against each other -one engine for Madison and one for Jennings County.

The programs have the Madison Railroad Company to thank for donation of the railroad track, Ryan Lamb and his industrial arts class at Madison High School for designing the trophy, and art teacher Aaron Kelsey for painting the train engines.

Jennings County leads the series 24-22 in regular-season matchups as well as a 2-1 in sectional games. Old North Vernon High School beat Madison seven out of the eight times those two played.