DOS PALOS -- You can tell it's Westside War week at Dos Palos. Just look at Bill Hume Stadium.
When Los Banos faces Dos Palos every year it's more than just a game. It's a big-time event.
"It shows by the field preparations," said Dos Palos coach Mike Sparks. "They've brought in extra outhouses, extra bleachers; concessions have to make sure to have more food. It's our biggest gate all year and it's a game that's talked about all year long."
It'll be standing room only tonight as the two teams square off for the 73rd time.
Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.
Dos Palos leads the all-time series 42-24-6.
The rivalry was one of the draws to Los Banos for Dennis Stubbs when he took over the program four years ago.
The electric atmosphere that surrounds the Westside War every year hasn't disappointed.
"It's been even more than what I expected," Stubbs said. "For some people, it's the only game they come to all year. It's unreal.
"Sometimes I sit back and look around at the environment and think these kids are lucky to be involved in something like this."
Los Banos (2-1) comes in off two straight wins and may be the larger school, but don't expect Stubbs' boys to be overconfident against Dos Palos.
"(Dos Palos) is legit," Stubbs said. "They've got us worried. They've got four returning offensive lineman that I think would start on any team in the area. They have (Kevin Schofield) the best player in the county, in my opinion. He plays at full speed every play and doesn't wear down.
"Since I've been here, it seems like the team with the most experience has gotten the win."
If that trend continues LB could be in trouble.
Dos Palos returns all 11 players on offense, including Schofield, who carried the ball 33 times for 224 yards and four touchdowns in last week's 34-28 loss to Kingsburg.
"The concerns about Los Banos is that they're bigger, faster and stronger," Sparks said. "We have to play smart, play well and hopefully get some breaks."
Los Banos' defense has only surrendered 19 points in the last two weeks.
Running back Darron Brown has been a senior on a mission after missing almost half of last season with a back injury.
Brown has already rushed for 508 yards and four touchdowns.
"We went and watched their game against Rocklin because we didn't have a game that week and (I) was very impressed with the way their defense ran to the ball. They're very aggressive and have good speed," Sparks said.
"We've known about Brown for a while now, but he's not their only threat. It's not the same quarterback, but I like the way (Ryan Carmo) stands in there until he finds a guy."
This will be Sparks' last Westside War on the sideline.
"With all the attention I've received the last two weeks I'm ready for this not to be about me," he said. "I've been a part of these Los Banos games since my dad coached in the '60s. It would be great to win the last coaching matchup."