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Media Release: Hart Vs. Elbert

August 16, 2016

Hart Vs. Elbert Featured as a Kick Off Game in 2016 Great American Rivalry Series

Hartwell, GA:  Aug. 19, 2016 – 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’ first weekend of games for 2016. This game will be presented by the United States Marines and played on Friday, August 19th at Hartwell’s Herndon Stadium. This game will be one of 100 showdowns highlighted in 40 different states in this year’s Series’ schedule.

The Rivalry Series features games from California to Washington and from Florida to Maine. Great American Rivalry Series founder Rick Ford notes, “These are those very special games, contested every year between longtime rivals that create memories for a lifetime. The winner takes home the winning trophy, but most importantly, the pride of an entire community”

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 48-37-2, the average margin of victory is only 1.02 points as Elbert has scored 891 points to 871 for Hart.  Last year the Blue Devil’s walked away victorious, winning 24-14.

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

The winning team on the field earns year-long bragging rights with 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 13th class of the Great American Rivalry Series Hall of Fame.

You can find more information at or through the Series’ Twitter handle @AmericanRivalry, Facebook, YouTube and Instagram accounts. Previews and past results will be posted throughout the season with details of the team’s performance after the game where fans can relive the excitement through 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 YouTube (AmericanRivalry). Fan photos posted with this hashtag may be featured on the Great American Rivalry Series website’s new Fan Photo Gallery, and promoted via other social media outlets.


In 2004, iHigh, Inc. (now known as BrainBox Intelligent Marketing) created the Great American Rivalry Series to celebrate this uniquely American sport and the cultural phenomenon of “Friday Nights in America.” In 13 years, the Series has featured more than 600 classic games in 42 states, recognizing 1,153 student athletes with scholarships while it continues to shine the spotlight on top high school football rivalries across the nation.

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What is the Great American Rivalry Series?

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.