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Cony 28, Gardiner 7 (08/27/10)

September 1, 2010

by Jon Ford
Great American Rivalry Series

“Friday night lights” have finally arrived, football fans, and The Great American Rivalry Series was in Gardiner, Maine to cover the action. While over one hundred years old, this rivalry did has not lost any luster. The two towns are only nine miles apart, and the intensity yet mutual respect for one another was evident on this cool Friday night.

The Gardiner-Cony game was a true testament of how, sometimes, the significance of the game is more important than the final score with all proceeds from the game going toward cancer research. There was not a dry eye in the stadium as fans who are battling the disease were recognized on the 50-yard line, sending chills throughout the stands.

One sign read, “Beat Cony and Beat Cancer,” but the battle of beating Cony was not going to take place this night. With the first quarter being scoreless, Cony’s quarterback Luke Duncklee took off on a 60-yard sprint for the first touchdown of the night, and later went to the air for a pair of TD’s to some of his sure- handed receivers. Luke was named Most Valuable Player.

The Gardiner-Cony game was the first game in the state of Maine to participate it the Great American Rivalry Series, and it did not disappoint. Congratulations, Cony, on winning the Great American Rivalry Championship Trophy!

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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.