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Media Release: Canton McKinley (OH) vs. Massillon Washington (OH)

October 28, 2015


Canton, OH: Oct. 23, 2015 – The Great American Rivalry Series is proud to announce that it will once again feature what USA Today called “America’s most famous high school rivalry” as the Canton McKinley Bulldogs host the Massillon Washington Tigers on Saturday, October 31 in the Series’ eleventh weekend of games for 2015. This game will be presented by the United States Marine Corps and will be played at Fawcett Stadium in Canton. The game will also be a LIVE BROADCAST on the Rivalry Series Broadcast Network. 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

The 2015 contest will be the 126th meeting of the Tigers and Bulldogs in this famed rivalry. Overall the Tigers lead the series 68-52-5.  Over the years Massillon has won 24 State Championships and claimed 9 national championships while McKinley has 12 State Championships and 2 national championships. Massillon has the third highest number of wins of all high schools with 853 and McKinley comes in eighth with 812.  The series draws nearly 19,000 fans each year though in 2001 29,500 came to see the two teams battled it out in the Division 1 Region Semifinal, their second meeting of the season. The Tigers are coming into the 2015 game with a 4 win streak after downing the Bulldogs 31-21 in 2014.MarineLogo

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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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.