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Harrisonburg and Youngstown mayors make bet on FCS championship game

Left: Harrisonburg mayor Deanna Reed accepts the challenge of Youngstown mayor John McNally, who is pictured to the right
Left: Harrisonburg mayor Deanna Reed accepts the challenge of Youngstown mayor John McNally, who is pictured to the right(WHSV)
Published: Jan. 6, 2017 at 4:19 PM EST
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UPDATE (Jan. 12):

After JMU's victory over Youngstown State in the FCS National Championship, Harrisonburg Mayor Deanna Reed is making good on her friendly wager with the mayor of Youngstown. You can watch her announcement sending JMU swag to Youngstown here:

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Ahead of this Saturday's FCS National Championship Game, in which James Madison University will play Youngstown State in Frisco, Texas, the mayors of the cities that host JMU and Youngstown are facing off in their own match-up.

THE CHALLENGE:

On Thursday, Mayor John McNally, of Youngstown, issued a friendly challenge to Harrisonburg's Mayor Deanna Reed, through a video posted to social media (See right below):

Mayor Reed of Harrisonburg, VA, how about a friendly bet for this weekend's NCAA FCS Football Championship. We're backing Youngstown State Penguins in the big game against JMU Football!

Posted by City of YOUngstown on Thursday, January 5, 2017

His challenge set up a friendly wager based on which team wins the FCS National Championship. According to the terms McNally set, Mayor Reed would have to wear Youngstown's red and white during the next city council meeting if JMU loses, and, if Youngstown wins, he would send some of the city's ice cream to Mayor Reed to rub their victory in.

Mayor Reed accepted the challenge in her own social media video:

FCS Championship Challenge!

Mayor Deanna Reed received a friendly challenge from Mayor John McNally, of the City of Youngstown. The mayors decided that a friendly wager would be a fun way to support their respective cities and teams, who are participating in the FCS National Championship game. If JMU Football wins, Mayor McNally will wear plenty of purple and gold James Madison University apparel at his next council meeting or public appearance, which Harrisonburg anticipates to happen. In the unlikely event of Youngstown State University winning, Harrisonburg’s Mayor Reed will wear a little red and white during her next council meeting or public appearance. The City of Harrisonburg also wishes the JMU Dukes the best of luck on Saturday, January 7 as they play in the FCS Championship game! #GoDukes

Posted by Harrisonburg, VA - Government on Friday, January 6, 2017

If Youngstown loses, Mayor McNally will wear plenty of purple and gold JMU apparel at his next city council meeting, and Mayor Reed will send pints of Kline's ice cream from Harrisonburg to Youngstown to rub it in.

“This friendly wager is a fun way to show support to our neighbor and partner, James Madison University,” explained Mayor Reed. “We are proud to have our hometown team participating in the FCS Championship game.”

The city of Harrisonburg also wishes the JMU Dukes the best of luck on Saturday, January 7 as they play in the FCS Championship game!

WATCHING THE GAME AND MORE

The game will be televised on ESPN2, and you can watch it with other fans at locations across the nation. Find some near you

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WHSV will also air a special 30-minute broadcast on Friday evening at 7 p.m. called “WHSV Sports Presents: Road To Frisco." You can learn all about that

[ here ].

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