The 12th Annual Great American Rivalry Series is starting off the 2015 Season with 3 Big Games in North Carolina, Tennessee and Indiana. All three of these are historic rivalries and will begin our 100 game season with excitement and great high school football.
For the 12th year, the Great American Rivalry Series has selected an exclusive collection of top-notch rivalries across the country, covering 40 states and more than 100 cities throughout the country. Wrapped in tradition, these annual battles excite entire communities, while celebrating the schools, their teams, and their fans.
“Battle for the Bell” – AL Brown (NC) vs. Concord (NC) – Aug. 21, 2015
We kickoff the season with an early Thursday night game featuring the AL Brown Wonders and the Concord Spiders in the Kannapolis, NC classic “Battle for the Bell.” This may be the final meeting of these two schools after a series that has been played since 1924 and played annually since 1931 and is currently the longest continuous rivalry in North Carolina. It is also considered to be the 15th oldest rivalry in the country. Concord leads the series at 42-38-4, but since 1975 K-Town has won 24 out of 38.Over 7,000 fans are expected to pack the stands in Kannapolis to witness this highly anticipated clash between these historic rivals.
“Coffee Pot Game” – Coffee County (TN) vs. Tullahoma (TN) – Aug. 22, 2015
On Friday, August 22, the Great American Rivalry Series will be visiting Manchester, TN for the renowned “Coffee Pot Game” between the home team Coffee County Red Raiders and the Tullahoma Wildcats. These teams will clash for the Coffee Pot Trophy, which has been played by these two Crompton Creek teams since 1924. Though few know the full history of the Coffee Pot, some believe the trophy got its start in the 1930s when businessmen from both cities had tired from replacing each school’s goalposts after a victory. Over the years Tullahoma has built up a 60-29 record over Coffee County and has kept the Coffee Pot on their side of Crompton Creek since 2007.
“Battle for the Mangy Lion” – Elkhart Central (IN) vs. Memorial (IN) – Aug. 22, 2015
Also on Friday, August 22, the Series will visit Elkhart, IN for the “Battle for the Mangy Lion” between the Elkhart Central Blue Blazers and the Elkhart Memorial Chargers. They continue their battle for the Mangy Lion Trophy, which has been played since the division of Central and the creation of Memorial in 1972. Mangy was commissioned by the Elkhart Lion’s Club in 1972 and carved by Jim Holland, who was a longtime Elkhart Community Schools teacher. Mr. Holland found a large walnut tree in the woods that had been downed by a lightning strike (250 pounds before carving). He thought it the perfect tree out of which to mold a trophy, since, by surviving a brutal storm, it had already demonstrated the strength and perseverance he wanted the trophy to represent. Elkhart Central leads the series 24-19. Over the 43 years of the series Central has outscored Memorial 823-574 and Central currently houses Mangy going into the 2015 game.