Pueblo, CO: Sept. 24, 2015 – The Great American Rivalry Series is proud to announce it will feature The Bell Game between the Centennial Bulldogs and the Central Wildcats in the Series’ seventh weekend of games for 2015. This decades old rivalry has had 115 games and will be presented by the United States Army. The game will be played on Friday, October 2 at Pueblo’s Dutch Clark Stadium. 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 series is considered to be one of the six oldest in the United States and has been played every year from 1892 to present, with a hiatus between the years 1908 and 1920. Beginning in 1950 the schools have played what has been called the Bell Game. The Bell is a traveling trophy that the two schools share with the winner painting the bell in their school colors. The series, played at Earl “Dutch” Clark Stadium (named after the former Central star) and is often a sellout as 15,000 screaming fans cheer on their Bulldogs or Wildcats. As of 2014 Central leads the series 55-50-9, including the 5 ties where the game was scoreless.
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.