AUSTIN (KXAN) — Pour the salsa and season the beef, it’s Taco Shack Bowl spirit competition time!

The 22nd annual rivalry game featuring Anderson and McCallum kicks off at 7:30 p.m. Thursday from House Park. But before the game on the gridiron, the spirit competition pits the cheer squads from both schools in an old-fashioned cheer-off with early-morning pep rallies at two Taco Shack locations on North Lamar Boulevard and West Anderson Lane.

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The schools decorated their respective Taco Shack locations in school colors Wednesday.

You, the fans, got to decide the winner of the spirit competition.

A total of 28,640 people voted in the poll. Anderson pulled in 50.5% of the vote, with 14,477 submissions. McCallum got 14,163 votes.

Last year’s poll was a nail-biter, with McCallum winning by 17 votes.

KXAN was at both locations Thursday morning during KXAN News Today to see who had the most spirit.

Fans had all week to vote in the poll all week leading up to the live shots, but when the clock struck 6:30 a.m. Thursday, voting closed and the winner was announced on the air.

The game between the schools, which the Trojans won 49-3 last season, kicks off high school football in Central Texas and is the KBVO Big Game of the Week.