Chicago, IL: Sept. 11, 2015 – The Great American Rivalry Series is proud to announce it will feature the old historic Chicago Rivalry between the Mt. Carmel Caravan and the St. Rita Mustangs in the Series’ fifth weekend of games for 2015. This nearly 90 year old rivalry game will be presented this year by the United States Army and also sponsored in part by Muscle Milk. It will be played on September 18 at Mt. Carmel’s historic field. 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
The rivalry between the Caravan and the Mustangs has been a big time Chicago tradition since 1924. Mt. Carmel has 12 State Titles and St. Rita has 2 State Championships. Some famed athletes have been at both schools including Caravan Alumni Frank Cornish (Dallas Cowboys), 2013 Heisman finalist Jordan Lynch, and Donovan McNabb. For St. Rita, Darius Fleming (Notre Dame/New England) and Ahmad Merritt are notable alumni. Overall, Mt. Carmel leads the series 59-30-3.
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.
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.
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.