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Media Release: Caesar Rodney (DE) vs. Dover (DE)

November 12, 2015


Camden, DE: Nov. 7, 2015 – The Great American Rivalry Series is proud to announce that it will feature the Delaware rivalry referred to as “The Civil War”  between crosstown rivals the Caesar Rodney Riders and the Dover Senators on Friday, November 13 in the Series’ thirteenth weekend of games for 2015. This is the first time the Great American Rivalry Series has made its way into Delaware. The game will be presented by the United States Marine Corps and will be played at Rider Stadium. 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

Like any good rivalry, the team records make no difference in this game. Both teams come in with losing records (the Riders are 2-8 and the Senators are 3-6), but one will come out of this game with a championship trophy and bragging rights. The Dover-CR series dates to 1935 and has been played continuously since 1961. While there’s been a couple gaps when the two teams didn’t play, the Senators own a slim 31-29-4 in the all-time series. Both teams have won state titles in the past with the Riders holding three titles and the Senators with two.  This year the only title will be 2015 Great American Rivalry Series Champion.

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.

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.