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.

Michael McGarry

Game details

When/where: 10 a.m. Thursday at Middle Township

Series: Middle leads 40-24-2