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Friday's football game between Webb City (Mo.) and Nixa (Mo.) just got a little more interesting.

That's because two Missouri state representatives from those respective cities have agreed to make a friendly wager on the outcome of the game.

According to a Missouri House of Representatives release that was posted to Twitter, Charlie Davis, a Republican from District 128, and Kevin Elmer, a Republican from District 141, made a friendly wager in which the loser will wear the winning team's tie when legislative sessions resume in January.

Rep. Davis told MaxPreps that he and Rep. Elmer were working together on a state education tour when Rep. Elmer came up with the idea.

"He asked if I'd be at the game," Rep. Davis said. "He said 'How about this. Let's have a wager. Whoever loses has to wear the tie during next session of the opposing football team.' And it kind of went from there."

Rep. Davis told MaxPreps he attends every Webb city home football game, and as many road games as his schedule permits.

"It brings the community together. We have a good time," he said. "It's not just about football. It's about community."

Webb City has been one of Missouri's most consistent programs under head coach John Roderique, and has won more state titles than any other program in the state.

However, in a Week Two matchup against Har-Ber, Webb City lost for the first time since 2009, snapping a 46-game winning streak.

Nixa is 4-0 this season, outscoring opponents by 153-28 in the process.

It lost to Webb City, whose mascot is the Cardinals, last year, 49-21, and is 0-8 against Webb City since 2004.

The streak has apparently given Rep. Davis a good deal of confidence heading into Friday.

"I hope Representative Elmer likes Cardinal Red," Rep. Davis said in a release.

This is not the first friendly wager that Rep. Davis has tried to make with other local representatives.

Rep. Davis told MaxPreps that several years ago, before a highly-anticipated match-up between Webb City and Hillcrest, he wanted to arm wrestle the local representative at the 50-yard line.

He then learned that his opponent would be Rep. Melissa Leach, and altered course.

"We had a friendly handshake," he said.

Kickoff between Webb City and Nixa is set for Friday, 7 p.m., at Nisa.