The Great American Rivalry Series presents this Archive Broadcast of the Nationally Ranked South Panola Tigers (HSFB100 #34) vs. the Olive Branch Conquistadors direct from Batesville, MS, sponsored by the United States Marines. This is considered one of the most bitter football rivalries in the country, so much so that the opposing schools only refer to the opponent by their initials SP or OB.
Getting its start in 1972, this rivalry is renowned as one of the most bitter rivalries in the United States, so much so that the schools only refer to the opponent as either SP or OB, refusing to say the full name. The Tigers, also referred to as the “University of South Panola” hold the third longest winning streak in US High School football history – a string of 89 games from 2003 to 2008. From 2003 to 2007 they won five MHSAA Class 5A State Championships in a row and were crowned the consensus national high school champions in 2010. But all these accolades mean nothing when the Quistors take the field. The OB Nation cheers on this big city school when they visit rural Batesville. Currently, South Panola leads the series 29-10 and has a three game streak going into this Friday’s game.
The winning team will take home 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. Along with these awards, an alumnus from each school will be inducted into the 12th class of the Great American Rivalry Series Hall of Fame.
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