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Media Release: Adamson (TX) vs. Sunset (TX)

September 1, 2015

Dallas, TX: August 27, 2015 – The Great American Rivalry Series is proud to announce it will feature The Oak Cliff Super Bowl game between the Adamson Leopards and the Sunset Bison in the Series’ third weekend of games for 2015. This 84 year old rivalry game will be presented this year by the United States Army and played on September 5 at Kincaide Stadium in Dallas. Highlighting some of the longest running rivalries in high school football, the 2015 Great American Rivalry Series will feature 100 showdowns nationwide. All of these 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

Series founder Rick Ford notes that, “With all the traditions of these games including bonfires, pep rallies, and parades, high school football has brought communities together to watch their teams compete in these classic battles for more than one hundred years.”

Known as the Oak Cliff Super Bowl because Adamson High School was originally called Oak Cliff High School. Both Adamson and Sunset are two of the oldest schools in Dallas and are the only two schools in the history of Dallas ISD to gain state titles, with Adamson getting theirs in 1924 and Sunset in 1950. The series began in 1923 and continued until 2003, when Sunset won 27-6. After a nine year hiatus, the series began again in 2012. Sunset leads this longstanding series 48-35-1.

The Adamson-Sunset game was selected as one of the top 100 must-see match ups for the 12th Annual Series and is kicked off the day before with a giant block party, parade and pep rally for each school in Dallas’ historic Bishop Arts District. With only 2 miles separating the two schools, it is a true community event as both the pep rallies and the game are highly attended.

An in-school Rivalry Fitness Challenge will also take place between the two schools during the week leading up to the game. The school that proves to be the fittest will be awarded a crystal trophy at halftime of the game. The winning team on the field earns year-long bragging rights with the Great American Rivalry Series Champions trophy, presented by the Army. The game’s Most Valuable Player and the top student-athlete from each school are also recognized as part of the Series.

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.

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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.