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Media Release: Tullahoma Vs. Coffee County

August 16, 2016

Tullahoma vs. Coffee County Featured in 2016 Great American Rivalry Series

Tennessee’s “Coffee Pot Game” HS Football Rivalry Receives National Attention

Manchester, TN:  August 19, 2016 – The Great American Rivalry Series is proud to announce it will feature the “Coffee Pot Game” between annual rivals the Tullahoma Wildcats and the Coffee County Red Raiders in the Series’ first weekend of games for 2016. This 90 year old rivalry game will be presented by the United States Marines and played at Tullahoma’s Grider Stadium. The game will be one of 100 showdowns highlighted in 40 different states in this year’s Series’ schedule.

The Rivalry Series features games from California to Washington and from Florida to Maine. Great American Rivalry Series founder Rick Ford notes, “These are those very special games, contested every year between longtime rivals that create memories for a lifetime. The winner takes home the winning trophy, but most importantly, the pride of an entire community”

The Tullahoma Wildcats and the Coffee County Red Raiders will take the field for week one of the 2016 Series, continuing their clash for the Coffee Pot Trophy, which has been played by these two Crompton Creek teams since 1924. Though few know the full history of the Coffee Pot, some believe the trophy got its start in the 1930s when businessmen from both cities had tired from replacing each school’s goalposts after a victory. Over the years Tullahoma has built up a 58-30 record over Coffee County. However, last year’s meeting ended in a Coffee County win of 42-7.

“We are excited to partner once again with the Great American Rivalry Series to feature games like this,” said Leroy Pennington, Marketing Specialist for the United States Marines “The elite status of the Series and these games fit perfectly with the Elite Warrior ethos of the Marine Corps, and we are proud to stand alongside these outstanding young athletes.”

The winning team on the field earns year-long bragging rights with 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 13th class of the Great American Rivalry Series Hall of Fame.

You can find more information at www.GreatAmericanRivalry.com or through the Series’ Twitter handle @AmericanRivalry, Facebook, YouTube and Instagram accounts. Previews and past results will be posted throughout the season with details of the team’s performance after the game where fans can relive the excitement through photo galleries and game recaps.

SOCIAL MEDIA

Fans can add to the intensity of the rivalry via Twitter, Facebook, Instagram using #GreatAmericanRivalry. The Rivalry can also be found on YouTube (AmericanRivalry). Fan photos posted with this hashtag may be featured on the Great American Rivalry Series website’s new Fan Photo Gallery, and promoted via other social media outlets.

ABOUT THE GREAT AMERICAN RIVALRY SERIES

In 2004, iHigh, Inc. (now known as BrainBox Intelligent Marketing) created the Great American Rivalry Series to celebrate this uniquely American sport and the cultural phenomenon of “Friday Nights in America.” In 13 years, the Series has featured more than 600 classic games in 42 states, recognizing 1,153 student athletes with scholarships while it continues to shine the spotlight on top high school football rivalries across the nation.

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What is the Great American Rivalry Series?


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.