The Great American Rivalry Series is proud to announce that it will feature the big East Texas rivalry game between the Longview Lobos and the Lufkin Panthers in the Series’ second weekend of games for 2015. This longstanding rivalry between the two East Texas high schools will be presented by the United States Marine Corps and played on August 28 at Lobo Stadium in Longview. Featuring some of the longest running rivalries in high school football, the 2015 Great American Rivalry Series will feature 100 showdowns nationwide.
The Lobos and Panthers have met 76 times since 1932 and it has been a heated battle nearly every year and couldn’t be any closer as the record sits at 36-36-4, including meetings in the playoffs. The first game took place in 1932 with a Lufkin victory of 34-0. From that time on they have fought back and forth each year, with the exception of the 1957 game, which was canceled due to extreme weather. The see-saw battle between the two continued into 2014 as Lufkin took the season opener only to be defeated by Longview 43-42 in the playoffs, an indication of how close these two matchup.
The Longview-Lufkin game was selected as one of the top 100 must-see match ups for the 12th Annual Series and is always a highly anticipated early season game East Texas. The Lobos and Panthers will both be ready for a big Texas rumble as they attempt to start the year off on the right track with a big rivalry win.
The winning team earns year-long bragging rights and 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.
You can find more information at GreatAmericanRivalry.com or through the Series’ Twitter (@AmericanRivalry), Facebook, YouTube, Instagram and Pinterest accounts. To post about the series you can use #greatamericanrivalry. 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.