Why this game is important: This is Atlantic County's oldest rivalry, with the teams' first meeting in 1926. But Spirit has won six straight and seven of the last eight games. The teams play for the Boyd-Marczyk trophy, which is named after deceased coaches John Boyd of Atlantic City and Stan Marczyk of Holy Spirit. This is the only local matchup today in which both teams have winning records.
Holy Spirit update: The Spartans are No. 11 in The Press Elite 11 and will meet undefeated Camden Catholic for the state Non-Public II title on Dec. 2 at the College of New Jersey in Ewing Township. Spirit features two of the state's top running backs in Donta Pollock (173 carries for 1,254 yards and 15 touchdowns) and Nigel Jones (155 carries for 1,035 yards and 12 touchdowns).
Atlantic City update: The Vikings lost to Pennsauken 31-9 in a South Jersey Group IV quarterfinal on Nov. 12. Atlantic City quarterback Kabir McCoy has thrown for 897 yards and seven touchdowns. Wide receiver Ismail Naji has caught 26 passes for 351 yards and four touchdowns. Atlantic City's Radi Tolbert is one of the area's most versatile players, lining up at running back, wide receiver and quarterback.
Holy Spirit (6-3) at Atlantic City (6-3) 10 a.m. today