FARGO, N.D. (Valley News Live) -- It's a natural rival between North Dakota State and South Dakota State and it has only continued to escalate in recent years with not only Dakota Marker moments but playoff match ups as well.
Now a new generation of football players will get their first taste this weekend.
Redshirt freshman quarterback Trey Lance saying the rivalry became real last year for him when he witnessed it first hand. And Lance has plenty of his own connections this weekend as well.
Starting in a Dakota Marker game for the first time, he will be playing an hour from his home town of Marshall, Minnesota and says his friends and family will be there in full force, even if many of his high school classmate attend SDSU.
Including one of his best friends who just happens to start at defensive end for the Jackrabbits.
"Since growing up, since we were little, we've always been on the same team or playing against each other," Lance said of his friendship with Reece Winkelman. "So it will be a lot of fun. Not a whole lot of communication this week, as you can probably imagine but I'm sure he'll be ready to go and you know I'll be ready to go too so it'll be a lot of fun."