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Bluefield (WV) vs. Graham (VA) to be first LIVE Broadcast of 2015

August 25, 2015

The Great American Rivalry Series is proud to announce that it will feature the “Battle of the Bluefields” between annual rivals the  Bluefield Beavers and the Graham G-Men in the Series’ second weekend of games for 2015. This game will be the first LIVE Internet Broadcast of the season for the Series. This famed cross border rivalry presented this year by the United States Marines and played on August 28 at Mitchell Stadium on the West Virginia side of the border.

The Beavers and G-Men will meet in Mitchell Stadium for what is considered the area’s largest sporting event as they vie to be victorious in the historic Battle of the Bluefields. This storied rivalry began in 1911, but the second meeting did not take place until 1928.  Since then, the game has been played annually. Many residents recall the more memorable games like the 1948 matchup which ended in a tie. Bluefield leads the series 62-23-2, though the records are much closer in recent years.

“We are excited to partner once again with the Great American Rivalry Series,” said Leroy Pennington, Marketing Specialist for the United States Marine Corps “The elite status of this Series fits perfectly with the Elite Warrior brand of the Marine Corps and we are proud to stand alongside these outstanding young athletes.”

The Bluefield-Graham game was selected as one of the top 100 must-see match ups for the 12th Annual Series and is always a highly anticipated early season game in the Bluefield communities on both sides of the border. The Beavers and the G-Men will both enter the game hungry as they attempt to start the year off on the right track with a big rivalry win. For the second in year in a row, the Series is proud to partner with GigaBeam Networks, a company in presenting this live kick off internet broadcast.

The winning team earns year-long bragging rights and will take home the Great American Rivalry Series Champions trophy, presented by the Marines. The game’s Most Valuable Player will be recognized as part of the Series and an alumnus from each school will be inducted into the 12th class of the Great American Rivalry Series Hall of Fame.

Bluefield College is sponsoring this year’s Scholar Athlete Award with the top student-athlete from each school receiving a $1,000 scholarship to attend Bluefield College. Bluefield College is a private, Christian, liberal arts college developing transformational servant leaders, many of whom are graduates of Bluefield and Graham high schools. With added commitments to Virginia Baptists, academic excellence, lifelong inquiry, the liberal arts, professional studies, service, support and encouragement, Bluefield seeks to graduate servant leaders who understand their life calling and transform the world. The College is touted for its affordability, personal attention to students, award-winning core curriculum, classroom technology, and learning settings on the mission field and in countries abroad.

“We’re fortunate to be a part of the legendary Bluefield-Graham football rivalry as the sponsor of the Scholar Athlete program,” said Bluefield College President David Olive. “It’s a great opportunity for us to support the students from both schools and to share with them the value of the BC experience.”

You can follow the Great American Series on Twitter (@AmericanRivalry), Facebook, YouTube, Instagram and Pinterest. We use #greatamericanrivalry on Twitter and Instagram. 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.

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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.