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Media Release: Arkansas HS (AR) vs. Texas HS (TX)

September 1, 2015

Texarkana, AR: August 28, 2015 – The Great American Rivalry Series is proud to announce it will feature the Texarkana Battle for the Battleaxe between annual high school rivals the Arkansas Razorbacks and the Texas Tigers in the Series’ third weekend of games for 2015. This 100th Meeting between the two schools will also be the second LIVE Internet broadcast by the Series and will be presented this year by the United States Army. The game will be played on September 4 in Razorback Stadium in Texarkana, Texas. 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

This cross town and cross border rivalry game has been played 99 times since 1909, missing games for only 7 years since. The two teams battle for the coveted Battleaxe trophy in their quest for becoming the No. 1 team in Texarkana. Over the past few years the Texas Tigers have taken home the prize, winning 14 straight going into the 2014 game. The Razorbacks fought hard last year to win 20-14 in overtime, stunning the Tigers. The record currently stands at 62-30-7 with Texas leading.

The Texas-Arkansas game was selected as one of the top 100 must-see match ups for the 12th Annual Series and is always one of the most anticipated events in Texarkana. On both sides of the border unique traditions have ensued as Texas fans conduct bacon fry breakfasts and Arkansas fans chow down on “Tiger Tail” twist donuts as pregame breakfast rituals. Both teams will enter the game ready to play in their quest for the Battleaxe Trophy.

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 Battleaxe Trophy, and 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.