Why this game is special: This contest is dubbed "The Anchor Bowl." The winner gets a plaque created in 1996 that features an anchor taken from the boat owned by the father of former Lower coach Bill Garrison. The series is tied at 8-8 since this game became "The Anchor Bowl."
Middle update: The Panthers are in the midst of a revival. They qualified for the playoffs for just the third time in school history, losing to Willingboro 23-13 in a South Jersey Group II quarterfinal. A win Thursday gives Middle its first winning season since it finished 6-4 in 2004.
Lower update: The Caper Tigers have struggled but rely on one of the region's top players in quarterback Frank Zeigler, who has rushed for more than 1,000 yards.
When/where: 10 a.m. Thursday at Middle Township
Series: Middle leads 40-24-2
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