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

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:


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.


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):

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:

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!


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

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 ].