Northview football player Jake Bilek, center, eats pizza during a Jett's Pizza eating challenge in Sylvania, Ohio.
Adrienne Ramsey and area store manager Jordon Baker load pizzas into a portable cabinet for a Jett's Pizza eating challenge in Sylvania, Ohio.
It wasn't for the squeamish, and it definitely wasn't pretty, but a pizza eating contest Monday night kicked off the week of spirited activities before the Southview Cougars take on the Northview Wildcats on the football field Friday.
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Northview won the pizza eating contest, in which 20 football players from each team squared off to see who could eat the most in five minutes. Northview ate 120 slices compared to Southview's 110.
The winning school is to receive 75 percent of the proceeds of sales from Jet's Pizza on Monday, plus bragging rights for the first-ever such competition. Southview is to receive 25 percent of the proceeds.
The event was coordinated by the athletic directors of both Sylvania high schools, Susie Felver of Southview and Chris Irwin of Northview. It was held at and outside Jet's Pizza at 4900 N. McCord Rd.
The schools have a series of spirited activities this week leading up to the big game. At 7 p.m. Tuesday is the annual powderpuff game between girls at both schools on the field, and with a bonfire nearby. On Wednesday is a dodgeball tournament between students at both schools.
Northview football players react to out-eating Southview by 10 pizzas.
At 5 p.m. Friday is a community tailgate party at the Northview stadium parking lot, with free pizza and soft drinks. The game is 7 p.m. Friday night, where the the Northview and Southview bands will perform together, spelling "Sylvania" in script on the field. Also, at halftime, the 2013 Athletic Hall of Fame honorees will be introduced.
For the football teams, Southview is 6-3 overall and 5-1 in the Northern Lakes League; Northview is 2-7 overall and 1-5 in the NLL.