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Media Release: Brentwood Academy (TN) vs. Montgomery Bell (TN)

October 7, 2015


Brentwood, TN:  Oct. 2, 2015 – The Great American Rivalry Series is proud to announce that it will feature a classic Tennessee Private School rivalry game as the nationally ranked Brentwood Academy Eagles host the reigning 2014 State Champion Montgomery Bell Big Red in the Series’ eighth weekend of games for 2015. This game will be the 26th meeting of these two powerhouses and will be presented by HQ Insurance, a Safeco Insurance Agency and played on Friday, October 9 at Brentwood Academy. Featuring some of the longest running rivalries in high school football, the 2015 Great American Rivalry Series will feature 100 showdowns nationwide.  All of these great games come with great football, hard earned sweat and a heavy dose of hometown pride.

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 over 100 cities throughout the country. Wrapped in tradition, these annual battles excite entire communities, while celebrating the schools, their teams, and their fans. We Know Friday NightsTM

This is a bitter rivalry in which Brentwood Academy leads 15-10 and these two teams are considered 2 of the best 5 teams in the state of Tennessee. The Big Red have 14 State Titles and the Eagles have taken home 10. Brentwood is currently ranked #2 in the state and #86 nationally, while the unbeaten defending state champ Big Red are ranked 4th. This will be another classic event.

The winning team earns year-long bragging rights and will also take home the Great American Rivalry Series Champions trophy, presented by The Rhoads Group, a Safeco Insurance Agent. 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.


“We are thrilled to support the Brentwood Academy vs. Montgomery Bell Academy matchup and we look forward to presenting the winner’s trophy and MVP award to the winning team,” said Kevin Michelson of HQ Insurance.  Partner Jeremy Cyr added, “We thank Safeco Insurance for its partnership in making this happen, and we hope to see packed stands at the game!”

You can find more information at or through the Series’ Twitter (@AmericanRivalry), Facebook, YouTube 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.


Fans can add to the intensity of the rivalry via Twitter, Facebook, Instagram using #GreatAmericanRivalry. The Rivalry can also be found on Pinterest (AmericanRivalry) and YouTube. Fan photos posted with this hashtag may be featured on the Great American Rivalry Series website’s new Fan Photo Gallery, Pinterest Page and promoted via our other social media outlets.


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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.