The most heated high school rivalry in North Alabama, the “River City” rivalry. Last year’s game was the first time in the contest’s 44-year history the two rivals have ever met for the season opener, and it evidently won’t be the last. The Decatur Red Raiders lead the overall series 32-14, and with last year’s 41-14 victory, Austin’s Black Bears will be up for some serious revenge. The two teams share the 9,000-seat Ogle Stadium and this matchup consistently draws sellout crowds. Austin Black Bears and Decatur Red Raiders will take the field and kickoff the 2009 Great American Rivalry Series at 7:30pm on Friday, August 28. Bring on the face painting, crowd cheering, car-pooling, cookouts, pep rallies, halftime showdowns, hometown pride and mud-slinging battles in the trenches.
Great American Rivalry Series opens with River City Rivalry
August 24, 2009