A long playoff drought for the Historic Tomato Bowl will come to an end late next week when the venue will host its first high school football playoff game in 16 years.
The No. 8-ranked Alto Yellowjackets, the District 10-2A-I champions, will take on Cayuga, the fourth place team out of District 9-2A-I, at 7 p.m. on Thursday in the newly renovated facility.
According to Matt Montgomery of jhs-sports.com, the Tomato Bowl last hosted a post season affair in 2003 when Elysian Fields and Frankston met in the bi-district round in downtown Jacksonville.
This is the first season since the Tomato Bowl went through a $15 million renovation that brought the facility up to modern day standards.
Another bi-district game is also on the Tomato Bowl docket for next week.
On Friday, Nov. 15, Carthage and Athens will meet in a Class 4A-I test.
Jacksonville officials have already been fielding calls regarding the stadium's availability for Area round games on Nov. 21-23 as well.