Abilene, TX: Sept. 3, 2015 – The Great American Rivalry Series is proud to announce that it will feature “The Battle for Abilene,” rivalry game between the Abilene Cooper Cougars and the Abilene Eagles in the Series’ fourth weekend of games for 2015. This old Texas rivalry game will be presented by the United States Marine Corps and also sponsored by Muscle Milk. It will be played on Friday, September 11 at Shotwell Stadium in Abilene. Featuring some of the longest running rivalries in high school football, the 2015 Great American Rivalry Series will feature 100 showdowns nationwide. All of these great games come with great football, hard earned sweat and a heavy dose of hometown pride.
For the 12th year, the Great American Rivalry Series has selected an exclusive collection of top-notch rivalries across the country, covering 40 states and over 100 cities throughout the country. Wrapped in tradition, these annual battles excite entire communities, while celebrating the schools, their teams, and their fans. We Know Friday NightsTM
This Rivalry started in 1961 and has been heated throughout the series. Cooper leads the series 30-22 and there was a tie in 1965. Abilene has taken home 7 State Titles while Cooper has appeared in two finals but has not won.
The winning team earns year-long bragging rights and will take home the Great American Rivalry Series Champions trophy, presented by the Marines. The game’s Most Valuable Player and the top student-athlete from each school are also recognized as part of the Series. Along with these awards, an alumnus from each school will be inducted into the 12th class of the Great American Rivalry Series Hall of Fame.
You can find more information at GreatAmericanRivalry.com or through the Series’ Twitter (@AmericanRivalry), Facebook, YouTube and Instagram accounts. Previews and past results will be posted throughout the season with details of the teams and the history of the rivalries, and after the game. Fans can relive the excitement with photo galleries and game recaps.
Fans can add to the intensity of the rivalry via Twitter, Facebook, Instagram using #GreatAmericanRivalry. The Rivalry can also be found on Pinterest (AmericanRivalry) and YouTube. Fan photos posted with this hashtag may be featured on the Great American Rivalry Series website’s new Fan Photo Gallery, Pinterest Page and promoted via our other social media outlets.