The Great American Rivalry Series had a record breaking year in 2014 as our teams ventured into 40 different states and worked 102 games. It was an exciting season with some memorable games and some great teams. Nationally ranked Bergen Catholic (NJ) outlasted their big rival St. Joe’s in 2 OT to win their battle. Roosevelt vs. Wise (MD) also had a 2 OT game. Other big rivalries like Longview vs. John Tyler (TX), Male vs. Manual (KY), Servite vs. Mater Dei (CA), Phillipsburg vs. Easton (PA/NJ), Olive Branch vs. South Panola (MS), South Medford vs. North Medford (OR) and Massillon vs. McKinley (OH) went down to the wire.
Throughout all of the events there were rain-soaked games, hot desert games, cold wintry games. But all were fun and those involved had an amazing time.
Our sponsors presented over 100 Scholar/Athlete awards around the country. The US Marines presented more than 70 Hall of Fame Awards. And we had 100 game MVPs. In Ohio, game attendees got a first look at Toyota’s new Camry. And, as another first for the Great American Rivalry, we worked with over 42 schools in a hashtag/Twitter competition to bring awareness to AT&T’s #X (Don’t Text and Drive) promotion. The winning school (Dowling Catholic in Iowa) ended up with over 340,000 Tweets that included #X. Westmoore and Southmoore, archrivals in Oklahoma were a close second and third in the competition. As the winning school, Dowling got an in-school LIVE concert by the British pop band Rixton.
We have included a gallery of photos below to highlight some of the fun and excitement of a game partnered with the Great American Rivalry Series.
We expect an even bigger series in 2015. If your school’s rivalry game is interested in participating in 2015, please click HERE for a form to nominate YOUR Rivalry Game.
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- GARS 2014 in Review