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Media Release: Riverdale (TN) vs. Oakland (TN)

October 14, 2015

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Murfreesboro, TN: Oct. 9, 2015 – The Great American Rivalry Series is proud to announce that it will feature the Battle of the ‘Boro when the Riverdale Warriors and Oakland Patriots take to the field on October 16 in the Series’ ninth weekend of games for 2015. This game will be presented by the United States Marine Corps at Oakland High School’s field. 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

The Battle of the ‘Boro has been played since 1974 after Murfreesboro’s Central High closed its doors in 1972 upon the opening of the two new schools of Riverdale and Oakland.  In 1974 the schools started competing in football with Riverdale winning the first meeting 10-7. Each squad won twice in the first four meetings before Riverdale had a six-game winning streak in the series. The largest margin of victory was in 1994 when Riverdale, which went 15-0 and beat Germantown for the state title, won 49-0. Riverdale has blanked Oakland six times and did so 14-0 in 2007. Oakland’s largest margin of victory came in 1989 when it won 30-6. The Patriots’ only shutout was 23-0 in 1988. Oakland, which has 3 State Titles, took home the Great American Rivalry Championship Trophy in 2014 with a 42-20  win, but the Warriors hold the series lead with a 32-13 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.

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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.