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Media Release: Phoebus (VA) vs. Hampton (VA)

October 14, 2015

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Hampton, VA:  Oct. 9, 2015 – The Great American Rivalry Series is proud to announce it will feature “The Battle of Hampton” rivalry game between the Phoebus Phantoms and the Hampton Crabbers in the Series’ ninth weekend of games for 2015. This 48 year rivalry will be presented by the United States Army and will be played on Saturday, October 17 at Darling Stadium in Hampton. 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 will be the 49th meeting of the Phantoms and Crabbers in a rivalry series that began in 1976 and is the biggest rivalry in Hampton. The teams have met eight times in the playoffs and Phoebus has won five of these. There have been two overtime games in the series in 1994 and 2011 and Hampton won those. The Crabbers lead the series 30-17, but the Phantoms have won the last 4 games and the last ten out of 11, including a 19-8 victory in their 2014 Great American Rivalry Series matchup. Both teams enter this week’s games unbeaten and this game could easily decide the district title.

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.