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First 2010 Rivalry game on Friday, August 20

August 18, 2010

The 2010 Great American Rivalry Series kicks off this weekend with longtime rivals Dowling Catholic and Valley on Friday, August 20 at 7:30pm at Valley Stadium.

A capacity crowd is expected to come out and pack the stands to witness this intense historic contest, cited by ESPN as the state’s biggest rivalry. These two teams have met annually since 1968, with Dowling leading the series in victories 35-24 but Valley has won eight of the past 10 meetings. Dowling won last year’s competition 44-14.

As part of the Series, the winning team earns bragging rights and the coveted Great American Rivalry Championship trophy. The game’s Most Valuable Player will also recognized, and the Series will award a college scholarship to the top student-athlete from each school.

Dowling’s scholarship recipient is senior offensive lineman Michael Reinsvold. The son of Patrick and Yvonne Reinsvold, Michael has a 4.3546 grade-point average. Valley’s recipient will be announced at the game.

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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.