by Leah Little
It was called the “social event of the season” by the Bluefield Daily Telegraph, a rivalry that has been going on since 1911. Cars were parked as far as one could see as tailgating began the day before the game. Fans packed Mitchell Stadium to overflow and over 12,000 came to watch the rivals fight it out.
Two great football teams battled for the “Twin State” Trophy as border rivals Graham and Bluefield took to the field Friday night. Bragging rights were at stake to establish which team reigns supreme in the annual Battle for the Bluefield’s. The 2009 2A State Champion Bluefield Beavers proved too much for Graham to handle as they crushed the G-Men in a 48-0 shutout.
Prior to kick off, the 1989 Graham State Championship Team was honored. Several classes from both schools returned for reunions at and around the game festivities.
Bluefield scored on the second offensive series which set the momentum for the rest of the night. The Beavers continued to roll and ran up 284 yards rushing and 146 yards passing as they cruised past the G-Men who had only 115 total yards. Running back Trey Williams of Bluefield, who scored twice, was named MVP.
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