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August 14, 2014

Classic Tennessee HS Football Rivalry Receives National Attention

Maryville, TN: August 29, 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 Marine Corps, hits the road this season to Maryville, Tennessee on August 29th to highlight one of the most heated rivalries in the country: Maryville vs. Alcoa.

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 Maryville Rebels and Alcoa Tornadoes will take the field for week 1 of the 2014 Series. Over 10,000 fans are expected to pack the stands at Maryville High School to witness this classic Tennessee 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 Maryville-Alcoa game was selected as one of the top 100 must-see match ups for the 11th Annual Series. Maryville won last season’s game 31-2 and currently holds a 59-23-3 advantage in the series dating back to 1927. The Tornadoes will enter the game hungry, as they hope to revenge their loss of last year’s game against the Rebels.

The winning team earns year-long bragging rights, and 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 and, for two alumni at each game, the Friday night spotlight will shine again as they are inducted into the 11th class of the Great American Rivalry Series Hall of Fame.

“We are excited to partner once again with the Great American Rivalry Series,” said Leroy Pennington, Marketing Specialist for the United States Marine Corps “The elite status of this Series fits perfectly with the Elite Warrior brand of the Marine Corps and we are proud to stand alongside these outstanding young athletes.”

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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.