The Great American Rivalry Series is proud to announce it will feature the Showdown of Columbus between annual rivals the Columbus East Olympians and the Columbus North Bull Dogs in the Series’ second weekend of games for 2015. This 43 year old rivalry game will be presented this year by the United States Army and played on August 28 in Columbus.
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
With a rivalry that began in 1972 when a second school in Columbus became necessary, the Olympians and the Bull Dogs have fought bitterly over the years, with East leading the series 22-21. Columbus East has held the best record in Indiana for the last 10 years. They took home a State Title in 2009 and won again in 2013. The Olympians ended the season 13-1 in 2014. But the Bull Dogs will be hungry for an early season victory and can’t be counted out in this heated rivalry.
The Columbus East-Columbus North game was selected as one of the top 100 must-see match ups for the 12th Annual Series and is always a highly anticipated game Columbus. Both teams will enter the game ready to play in their quest for an Indiana State Title.
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 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, Instagram and Pinterest accounts. To post about the series you can use #greatamericanrivalry. 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.