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Media Release: Jesuit (LA) vs. Holy Cross (LA)

September 30, 2015

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New Orleans, LA:  Sept. 24, 2015 – The Great American Rivalry Series is proud to announce it will feature The Battle for the Golden Football between the Jesuit Bluejays and the Holy Cross Tigers in the Series’ seventh weekend of games for 2015. This 93 year rivalry has had 95 games and will be presented by the United States Army and will be played on a Friday, October 2 at Tad Gormley Stadium on the University of New Orleans Campus. 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 rivalry between the Blue Jays and the Tigers is considered to be the 5th oldest continuously played rivalry in the country, having started in 1922 and played annually since, though there have been 95 games including the no contest game of 1937 In 2006 the Golden Football traveling trophy was created and the trophy resides at the winning school until the following year. The teams generally share a game day t-shirt that is created with the same design each year and each schools uses their own colors. This rivalry draws huge crowds and is always a great contest. When the two met in 1940 the stadium was packed with 34,345 fans, still one of the largest crowds ever to see a high school game. Currently Jesuit leads the series 55-38-1 (plus the no contest in 1937).  The Blue Jays won their 8th state championship in 2014.

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.

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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.