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Bluefield 60, Graham 38 (8/30/13)

August 31, 2013

BLUEFIELD, WV — Bluefield opened the season by putting on an offensive show.

The Bluefield Beavers scored the first 27 points of the game and cruised to a 60-38 win over the Graham G-Men in the annual “Battle of the Bluefields” on Friday night at Mitchell Stadium in front of over 10,000 fans. The game was part of the 2013 Great American Rivalry Series presented by the U.S. Army and Hibbett Sports.

The Beavers dominated the 87th meeting between two schools that share the same stadium and are only three miles apart but reside in two different states. They lead the all-time series 63-22-2 and have won four of five. The G-Men won last season’s meeting 23-21 after a missed last-second field goal.

The rivalry started in 1911 and the two schools have met each year since 1928 with 1937 being the only exception. The winner gets the “Twin State” trophy.

The game was never really as close as the score indicates, as the Beavers scored 27 unanswered point to the open the game, led 34-6 at halftime and 54-14 late in the second half.

Junior quarterback R.J. Bourne threw for 219 yards, including TDs of 20, 20 and 27 yards, for Bluefield. Senior D.J. Edwards, who was named the Great American Rivalry Series Most Valuable Player, had 213 total yards with three TDs and junior D.J. Stewart scored twice.

Senior quarterback Colby Hill led Graham with 250 yards and three TDs — all to sophomore Bryce Harris, who finished with 93 yards. Senior Dylan Cook ran for 75 yards and a TD.

Bluefield (1-0) visits Princeton next Friday night, while Graham (0-1) hosts Tazewell the same night.


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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.