Annual “War for the Wheel” Selected for 11th Annual Great American Rivalry Series
Classic California HS Football Rivalry Receives National Attention
Beaumont, CA: September 19, 2014 – It’s back to the glory, roaring fans, camaraderie, sideline chants, sold out seats and head to head battles between Great American Rivals. With some of the longest running matches in the history of high school football, these annual showdowns come with great football, hard earned sweat and hometown pride.
The 2014 Great American Rivalry Series, presented by AT&T, hits the road this season to Beaumont, California on September 19th to highlight one of the most heated rivalries in the country: Beaumont vs. Banning.
For the 11th year, the Great American Rivalry Series has selected an exclusive collection of top–notch rivalries across the country, covering 36 states and 92 cities throughout the country. Wrapped in tradition, these annual battles motivate the whole community, celebrating the schools, their teams, and their fans.
Series founder and CEO Rick Ford notes that, “With all the traditions of bonfires, pep rallies, and parades, high school football has brought together communities to watch their teams compete in these classic battles for more than a hundred years. The Rivalry Series was created to celebrate these games.
The Beaumont Cougars and Banning Broncos will take the field for week 4 of the 2014 Series. Over 4,000 fans are expected to pack the stands at Beaumont High School to witness this classic California clash between these long-time rivals.
You can find more information at GreatAmericanRivalry.com or through the Series’ Twitter, Facebook, 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.
The Beaumont-Banning game was selected as one of the top 100 must-see match ups for the 11th Annual Series. The annual “War for the Wheel” game dates back to the early 1930s. Beaumont grew on a railroad stop, following Banning’s earlier history on a stagecoach stop…thus the War for the Wheel trophy. This is an incredibly historical game that, beyond bragging rights, carries a healthy rivalry between mayors, city officials, service clubs, and more.
The Rivalry Series is teaming up with AT&T to conduct their #X ‘It Can Wait’ Twitter campaign. Fans and students of both schools can add to the hype of the rivalry through a friendly Twitter competition. Add #X #BeaumontCougars or #X #PilotRevolution to any and all tweets sent out from 9/15 through 9/21. The winner between the two schools will win a trophy presented at the game and could be in the running for a free in-school concert from the band, Rixton!
ABOUT THE GREAT AMERICAN RIVALRY SERIES
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 has since spotlighted high school football games in nearly 40 states. 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 fans are committed.