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2017 Hall of Fame Inductees: Brandon Jones & Ju Parks

September 8, 2017
Published in 2017, Hall of Fame

From Nacogdoches High School, Brandon Jones – award presented to Bobby Reyes, Head Coach Brandon played in this rivalry all four years of high school. In 2013, his interception put the winning points on the board to defeat Lufkin for the first time in 22 years. He was also an integral part of the team his…

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2017 Scholar Athletes: Austin Burton & Cody Hayes

September 8, 2017
Published in 2017, Scholar Athletes

From Nacogdoches High School, Austin Burton Austin has played football for four years at Nacogdoches. He is a two-year letterman in football and has narrowed his college choices down to the University of Texas or Rice University. From Lufkin High School, Cody Hayes Cody has been a part of the Lufkin/Nacogdoches rivalry for two years….

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2017 Hall of Fame Inductees: Matt Messman & Dan Saehr

September 8, 2017
Published in 2017, Hall of Fame

From Holdingford High School, Matt Messman Matt was a 4-year letter winner at running back and middle linebacker. He was a 3-time Central Minnesota and All-Conference team member. Matt was also the captain of the 2014 State Championship team. He is currently a student at St. John’s University and is currently coaching track and football….

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2017 Scholar Athletes: Evan Demorett  & Tyler Kunstleben

September 8, 2017
Published in 2017, Scholar Athletes

From Holdingford High School, Evan Demorett Evan is a 3-sport letter winner – 2 years in football and 3 in basketball and track. Evan is also a member of P4T, National Honor Society, Peer Helpers, and the Leaders Council.   From Pierz High School, Tyler is a 3-year letter winner and a 2-year starter at…

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2017 Hall of Fame: Tommy Yates

September 8, 2017
Published in 2017, Hall of Fame

From Alcoa High School, Tommy Yates Tommy played in the Alcoa-Maryville rivalry four times in his career at Alcoa. As a senior, Yates led the Tornadoes to their second consecutive undefeated season and was part of the 29-game winning streak. Yates was named All- State, All East- Tennessee, All Conference and All County as a…

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2017 Scholar Athletes: Jacob Wall and George Carter

September 8, 2017
Published in 2017, Scholar Athletes

From Maryville High School, Jacob Wall Jacob is a three-year starter in football and a four-year starter in track and field. He is President of the National Honor Society and a Member of Maryville Scholars and Latin Honors Society. He started a fundraiser called “Tackles & Catches for Cancer” raising $5,000 for Cancer research. He…

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What is the Great American Rivalry Series?


Each fall for over a century, high school football has been the centerpiece for families and communities on Friday night. In 2004, iHigh, Inc. created the Great American Rivalry Series to celebrate this uniquely American sport and the cultural phenomenon of “Friday Night in America.” The Series shines the spotlight on top high school football rivalries across the nation, where long-standing traditions are valued, expectations are sky high, and followers are committed.