At this point, the New Braunfels Mayor’s Office should come with its own cookbook.
In each of the past eight seasons, the Unicorns have won the Guadalupe River Bowl against rival Seguin Matadors, which also meant victory in the tasty bet between the two city mayors.
Each year, the mayors offer a friendly bet – the best sausage in New Braunfels against the freshest pecans in Seguin. New Braunfels Mayor Rusty Brockman, who has already collected Unicorns wins in 2020 and 2021, said he hopes to add another tasty triumph in 2022.
“The teasing and good fun is still one of the best parts about it for me,” Brockman said. “It’s a big rivalry and it’s great to be part of it, and we have so many friends who work here or in Seguin. For children, it’s about acknowledging them and encouraging them to carry on a tradition forever and ever. I’m just honored to be mayor to be part of it again this year.
Seguin Mayor Donna Dodgen agrees, saying it’s of the utmost importance that the two towns not only continue their friendly rivalry, but also ensure that it is passed on to younger generations.
“Tradition is important,” Dodgen said. “It’s been going on for 110 years and I don’t know if we can ever stop. There are people who are looking forward to this and it’s interesting to see how new people coming in or young people are interested in how this started and what’s going on.
The long-running rivalry between the Unicorns and Matadors dates back to the 1920s, and the two teams are set to meet Thursday night at New Braunfels High School for the 96th straight year. New Braunfels hold a decisive advantage in the all-time series at 68-38-3, but Dodgen hopes local product Craig Dailey can lead Seguin to his first Guadalupe River Bowl victory since 2013.
“Our head coach is a Seguin boy,” Dodgen said. “He graduated from Seguin High School and went to TLU. His son is the freshman quarterback and is doing very well. It’s very exciting. There’s a lot of growth, a lot of positive change.
The Unicorns, coach Glenn Mangold, are riding high after a thrilling 34-33 victory last week against Denton Ryan. Brockman, himself a former football coach, expects Big Blue to continue that momentum.
“I know the Unicorns will be ready Thursday night, especially after last week’s big win,” Brockman said. “It kind of gives us an idea of what kind of season they’re going to have.”
New Braunfels won the 2021 game 35-15 at Matador Stadium, and this year’s game marks the Unicorns’ home opener of 2022. In addition to the usual fanfare, the Guadalupe River Bowl will be spotlighted by San Antonio television station CW35 as part of one of its Thursday Night Lights live broadcasts.
Brockman said any day of the week, the Unicorns and Matadors are sure to provide plenty of excitement.
“I love the Friday night lights, but that’s okay – we’ll play Thursday,” Brockman said. “Whenever we tie him up, we’re good to go.”