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Gaffney vs. Byrnes – 2014

September 12, 2014

Annual Gaffney-Byrnes Game Selected for 11th Annual Great American Rivalry Series
Classic South Carolina HS Football Rivalry Receives National Attention

Gaffney, SC: September 19, 2014 – It’s back to the glory, roaring fans, camaraderie, sideline chants, sold out seats and head to head battles between Great American Rivals. With some of the longest running matches in the history of high school football, these annual showdowns come with great football, hard earned sweat and hometown pride.

The 2014 Great American Rivalry Series, presented by the United States Marine Corps and AT&T, hits the road this season to Gaffney, South Carolina on September 19th to highlight one of the most heated rivalries in the country: Gaffney vs. Byrnes.

For the 11th year, the Great American Rivalry Series has selected an exclusive collection of top–notch rivalries across the country, covering 36 states and 92 cities throughout the country. Wrapped in tradition, these annual battles motivate the whole community, celebrating the schools, their teams, and their fans.

Series founder and CEO Rick Ford notes that, “With all the traditions of bonfires, pep rallies, and parades, high school football has brought together communities to watch their teams compete in these classic battles for more than a hundred years. The Rivalry Series was created to celebrate these games.”

The Gaffney Indians and Byrnes Rebels will take the field for week 4 of the 2014 Series. Over 8,000 fans are expected to pack the stands at Gaffney High School to witness this classic South Carolina clash between these long-time rivals.

You can find more information at GreatAmericanRivalry.com or through the Series’ Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram accounts. 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.

The Gaffney-Byrnes game was selected as one of the top 100 must-see match ups for the 11th Annual Series. Byrnes and Gaffney have combined for 28 state titles with Gaffney winning in 2012 (34-22 over Dutch Fork) and Byrnes winning in 2011 (over Gaffney) and 2010. The two have combined for 10 of the last 15 4A state titles. Byrnes won last year’s game 61-20 in a shootout.

The winning team earns year-long bragging rights, and the Great American Rivalry Series Champions trophy, presented by the Marines. The game’s Most Valuable Player and the top student-athlete from each school are also recognized as part of the series and, for two alumni at each game, the Friday night spotlight will shine again as they are inducted into the 11th class of the Great American Rivalry Series Hall of Fame.

“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.”

SOCIAL MEDIA 

The Rivalry Series is teaming up with AT&T to conduct their #X ‘It Can Wait’ Twitter campaign. Fans and students of both schools can add to the hype of the rivalry through a friendly Twitter competition. Add #X #GaffneyFB or #X #RebelFootball to any and all tweets sent out from 9/15 through 9/21. The winner between the two schools will win a trophy presented at the game and could be in the running for a free in-school concert from the band, Rixton!

ABOUT THE GREAT AMERICAN RIVALRY SERIES

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 has since spotlighted high school football games in nearly 40 states. 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 fans are committed.

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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.