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Media Release: Gonzaga (DC) vs. Georgetown Prep (DC)

September 16, 2015

Washington, DC: Sept. 11, 2015 – The Great American Rivalry Series is proud to announce it will feature the Jesuit Gridiron Classic between the Gonzaga Eagles and the Georgetown Prep Little Hoyas in the Series’ fifth weekend of games for 2015. This is one of the oldest rivalries in the country and this year will be presented by the United States Army and played on September 18 at Gonzaga. 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 Nights TM

The Jesuit Gridiron Classic is one of the rare rivalries that got its start in the 1890s. Beginning in 1891, these two teams have met on and off 67 times, with Gonzaga leading the series 36-28-3. During the 14 year run of the City Championship Football Series (1948-1962), Gonzage appeared 4 times. NFL player Cam Johnson, former Stanford QB and 2012 Rose Bowl Champ Kevin Hogan, and Darryl Hill, the first African American football player at the Naval Academy are notable alumni of Gonzaga. Kevin Plank, the Founder and CEO of Under Armour and F. Lal Heneghan, an Executive Vice President with the San Francisco 49ers are alumni of Georgetown Prep.

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 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.