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Media Release: Geneva (IL) vs. Batavia (IL)

October 14, 2015


Geneva, IL: Oct. 9, 2015 – The Great American Rivalry Series is proud to announce that it will feature what is locally referred to as “The Biggest Game of the Season” rivalry between the Geneva Vikings and the Batavia Bulldogs on October 16 in the Series’ ninth weekend of games for 2015. The game will be presented by the United States Marine Corps and Muscle Milk and will be played at Geneva’s 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

This old Illinois rivalry got its start in 1913, and has missed a few years in between. They played their 96th game in 2014. Except for an unprecedented 19-year win streak by Geneva during the 1967-1985 seasons under legendary Coach Jerry Auchstetter, the series is fairly close. The current record is 51-40-5 with Geneva leading the series, though Batavia has won the past four years in a row.  Both teams are coming into the game with unbeaten conference records.


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.