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Media Release: Lakeland (FL) vs. Kathleen (FL)

October 28, 2015


Lakeland, FL: Oct. 23, 2015 – The Great American Rivalry Series is proud to announce that it will feature the rivalry game between the Lakeland Dreadnaughts and the Kathleen Red Devils on Friday, October 30 in the Series’ eleventh weekend of games for 2015. This game, in its 51st year, will be presented by the United States Marine Corps and will be played at Lakeland’s historic Thomas Bryant 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

Lakeland and Kathleen have been at their rivalry since 1964 and the Dreadnaughts lead the series 38-12. Lakeland has 6 state titles and two national titles under their belt. Prior to Lakeland’s 21-2 win in 2014, five of the previous ten matchups had been decided by a touchdown or less. This year Lakeland is fielding a 6-2 record while the Red Devils are undefeated at 9-0. Kathleen hopes to keep their record unblemished with a Rivalry Series victory.

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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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.