Territorial Cup divides the Hoods
NOV 21, 2012 5:49a ET
TEMPE, Ariz. -- The spirit of the Territorial Cup rivalry, in any sport, is perhaps embodied no better than when it divides a household the same way it divides the state of Arizona. Husbands against wives, parents against children.
But in the most intriguing cases, the rivalry pits brother against brother on the field. Such is the case for ASU freshman defensive lineman Jaxon Hood and UA junior defensive lineman Tevin Hood, both Chandler Hamilton products who will compete against each other for the first time Friday.
"This is the first time we've been structured competitively against each other," Jaxon said. "We've played games of football in the back yard, and they would always end in tears and fights. So this will probably be more of a controlled thing than we're used to doing."
Jaxon said he and his brother haven't traded barbs this week and believes both will remain focused on competing Friday, at least until the final whistle.
"We've been pretty mature about the whole thing," Jaxon said. "There will be more trash talk after the game, but right now we're just focused on doing our jobs and making sure our teams come out with a win."
Tevin said he's trying to keep things civil: “I’m just treating this game like any other game, but there is a different intensity since it is a rivalry game. This will be the first time that I will play against my brother. I never played against or with him, but I’m not going out of my way to say anything to my brother. My Dad will root for Arizona since he was raised in Tucson. My two youngest brothers will also root for the Arizona, but the rest of my family will be rooting for Arizona State.”
Jaxon said if his parents are choosing sides, they haven't let it be known to him.
"It's more neutral," Jaxon said. "They might have their little favorites, but they're not telling us. They don't want to start any family feuds."
With one son at each school, it might be a little late for that.
-- Tyler Lockman