MAYVILLE, N.D. -- The final whistles may have blown on the high school football season in November, but there's still one more game to play.

The North Dakota Shrine Bowl kicks off on Saturday at Cushman Field in Grand Forks.

11 man and 9 man football teams from the East and West will compete one more time with each other, some players joining forces for the first time.

It also means rivals will put aside their differences.

"Guys that you used to hate on the field and now you're just hanging out with them having a good time," said MSU-Mankato signee and former Fargo Davies quarterback Jesse Forknell. "Just meeting everybody else is just so much fun, so awesome."

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They put the game over hatred for the competition and because of the meaning of the annual tradition. It helps raise money and awareness for the Shriners Hospital for Children.

"We're not just here for football, it's a lot bigger than that with the Shrine Hospital's and all that," said Thompson's Marcus Hughes. "So it's really been a humbling experience being here and seeing all this."

The games kick off Saturday starting at 4:00 p.m. with 11 man football, then 7:00 p.m. with 9 man football.