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Media Release: Hart County (GA) vs. Elbert County (GA)

September 24, 2015

Hartwell, GA:  Sept. 18, 2015 – The Great American Rivalry Series is proud to announce that it will feature one of Georgia’s storied rivalry games as the Hart County Bulldogs host the Elbert County Blue Devils in the Series’ sixth weekend of games for 2015. This game will be presented by the United States Marine Corps and played on Friday, September 25 at Hartwell’s Herndon Stadium. This will also be on of two featured LIVE Broadcast Games of the Week on the Great American Rivalry Broadcast Network in a presentation by Hart County High School’s video team and The Cube. This game will also highlight the #1 ATH player in the country, Mecole Hardman of Elbert County, who has been recruited by Georgia, Tennessee, Michigan, Auburn, Alabama, Miami and 20 other schools. (See broadcast link here) 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

There are some big rivalries in Georgia that may get more attention, but if you ask anyone who attends one of the annual Hart-Elbert wars, it is quickly apparent that the passion and fervor each community feels for their teams is no less intense or real. This rivalry, which started in 1921 draws huge local crowds, and is one of the most intense and close rivalries in the state.  Though the Blue Devils lead the series 47-37-2, the average margin of victory is only 1.01 as Elbert has scored 867 points to 857 for Hart.  Last year the Bulldogs walked away victorious winning 19-7. Both teams have already been ranked in Georgia’s AAA poll and Elbert sits at #3 currently.

The winning team earns year-long bragging rights and 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.

“We are excited to partner once again with the Great American Rivalry Series,” said Leroy Pennington, Marketing Specialist for the United States Marine Corps “The elite status of this Series fits perfectly with the Elite Warrior brand of the Marine Corps and we are proud to stand alongside these outstanding young athletes.”

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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.

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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.