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Media Release: Pleasant Valley (CA) vs. Chico (CA)

October 21, 2015

Chico, CA: Oct. 16, 2015 – The Great American Rivalry Series is proud to announce that it will feature the traditional “Almond Bowlbetween the Pleasant Valley Vikings and the Chico Panthers on Friday, October 23 in the Series’ tenth weekend of games for 2015. This game will be presented by the United States Marine Corps and will be played at Chico State University’s 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

This rivalry will have its 56th game this year, though the “Almond Bowl” has only been around since 1971 and has since become an even ground for bragging rights as it has always been played on a neutral field at Chico State University, though the rivalry actually got its start in 1969.  The freshmen teams play a “Bowl Game” as well called the Peanut Bowl. Over the years Pleasant Valley has produced some great athletes including Super Bowl MVP and Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers. In 2000, Rodgers led the Vikings to a 43-7 win, which, at that time, was the most lopsided victory in the series. He led the Vikings to another victory in 2001. Chico had a similar lopsided victory in 2011, downing PV 43-3. The Almond Bowl records are tied at 22-22-1 and overall the series is led by Chico with a 28-26-1 record.


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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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.