Nixa vs. Ozark's "Backyard Brawl" isn't just a football game

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The rivalry between the football teams from Ozark and Nixa is strong, but those competitive feelings aren't limited to the football field.

For nearly a decade students from the two schools have been battling to see who can donate the most food to Least of These. The Christian County food pantry helps feed more than two thousand people every month, and administrators with the charity say that number is constantly growing. Luckily, they also say the impact made by the Backyard Brawl food drive has also increased greatly over the years.

"What started as a friendly competition among cheerleading squads has turned into an entire student body event. When you think about, it will supply one month of food for us to distribute. It's kind of humbling," says Least of These Development Director Kristy Carter.

If you'd like to make a food or cash donation to Least of These, you can find more information on their website at