Huntington Beach, CA: Oct. 23, 2015 – The Great American Rivalry Series is proud to announce it will feature the “Battle for the Bell” between the Edison Chargers and the Fountain Valley Barons in the Series’ eleventh weekend of games for 2015. This 46 year rivalry game will be presented by the United States Army and Muscle Milk and will be played on Friday, October 30 at Huntington Beach Stadium. Highlighting some of the longest running rivalries in high school football, the 2015 Great American Rivalry Series will feature 100 showdowns nationwide. All of these 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 year marks the 46th meeting of between these rival teams. The Battle for the Bell began in 1975 as student activity coordinators from both schools worked together and purchased “The Bell” from an antique store in Mission Viejo. The one and only tie in Bell Game history was on October 4, 1974, with a final score of 0-0. Fountain Valley missed two field goals, the last one coming in with no time left in the game, and Edison had a 66-yard touchdown nullified by a penalty. Edison was the first winner of The Bell that year, defeating the Barons 19-6. The Bell has kept its place at Edison since 2005 as Fountain Valley’s last win was in 2004 with a 21-20 victory. Edison currently leads the series 30-14-1 after winning the 2014 game over Fountain Valley 33-15, their 10th in a row.
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 on the field earns year-long bragging rights with 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.
You can find more information at GreatAmericanRivalry.com 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.