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Martin’s Ferry vs. Bellaire – 2014

October 27, 2014

Annual Ferry-Bellaire Game Selected for 11th Annual Great American Rivalry Series
Classic Ohio HS Football Rivalry Receives National Attention

Martins Ferry, OH: October 31, 2014 – It’s back to the glory, roaring fans, camaraderie, sideline chants, sold out seats and head to head battles between Great American Rivals. With some of the longest running matches in the history of high school football, these annual showdowns come with great football, hard earned sweat and hometown pride.

The 2014 Great American Rivalry Series, presented by the United States Army, hits the road this season to Martins Ferry, Ohio on October 31st to highlight one of the most heated rivalries in the country: Martin’s Ferry vs. Bellaire.

For the 11th year, the Great American Rivalry Series has selected an exclusive collection of top–notch rivalries across the country, covering 36 states and 92 cities throughout the country. Wrapped in tradition, these annual battles motivate the whole community, celebrating the schools, their teams, and their fans.

Series founder and CEO Rick Ford notes that, “With all the traditions of bonfires, pep rallies, and parades, high school football has brought together communities to watch their teams compete in these classic battles for more than a hundred years. The Rivalry Series was created to celebrate these games.”

The Martins Ferry Purple Riders and Bellaire Big Reds will take the field for week 11 of the 2014 Series. Over 7,000 fans are expected to pack the stands at Martins Ferry High School to witness this classic Ohio clash between these long-time rivals.

You can find more information at GreatAmericanRivalry.com or through the Series’ Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram accounts. 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.

The Martins Ferry-Bellaire game was selected as one of the top 100 must-see match ups for the 11th Annual Series. This is the 3rd longest continuing rivalry played in the state of Ohio dating back to 1907 with Bellaire leading 52-48-7 overall. Former Ohio State and NFL WR Joey Galloway has claimed that his greatest football memories have come from this game.

An in-school Rivalry Fitness Challenge will also take place between the two schools during the week leading up to the game. The school that proves to be the fittest will be awarded a crystal trophy at halftime of the game.The winning team earns year-long bragging rights, and the Great American Rivalry Series Champions trophy, presented by the Army. The game’s Most Valuable Player and the top student-athlete from each school are also recognized as part of the series.

“The Great American Rivalry Series and the Rivalry Series Fitness Challenge offers both academic and physical challenges, which reflect key elements of life as a soldier,” said Kelli Bland, U.S. Army Recruiting Command’s public affairs officer.  “In the Army, we build our Soldiers physically, morally and academically; we build them to be qualified for life, not just the Army. We appreciate the opportunity to have a positive impact on the lives of these students, whether they intend to serve in our Army or not.”

SOCIAL MEDIA

Fans can add to the intensity of the rivalry via Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram using #GreatAmericanRivalry and #Beat[RivalSchool]. The Series is holding a ‘Fan Photo of the Game’ contest that will take place at every game; each winning fan will be included in the Fan Photo of the Year poll. The winner will be named the Great American Rivalry Fan of the Year!

ABOUT THE GREAT AMERICAN RIVALRY SERIES

In 2004, iHigh, Inc. created the Great American Rivalry Series to celebrate this uniquely American sport and the cultural phenomenon of “Friday Night in America.” The Series has since spotlighted high school football games in nearly 40 states. The Series shines the spotlight on top high school football rivalries across the nation, where long-standing traditions are valued, expectations are sky-high, and fans are committed.

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What is the Great American Rivalry Series?


Each fall for over a century, high school football has been the centerpiece for families and communities on Friday night. In 2004, iHigh, Inc. created the Great American Rivalry Series to celebrate this uniquely American sport and the cultural phenomenon of “Friday Night in America.” The Series shines the spotlight on top high school football rivalries across the nation, where long-standing traditions are valued, expectations are sky high, and followers are committed.