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Media Release: Vacaville (CA) vs. Napa (CA)

October 21, 2015


Vacaville, CA: Oct. 16, 2015 – The Great American Rivalry Series is proud to announce that it will feature an old rivalry between the Vacaville Bulldogs and the Napa Indians 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 Muscle Milk. The game will be played at Vacaville’s Tom Zunino 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

These two schools have been playing each other since 1933, but not annually. But, many consider this the battle for supremacy in the Monticello Empire League, often determining which team will get the higher seed in the San Joaquin sectionals. The rivalry is the fourth oldest in California. The overall record is 21-20-2.  Napa is coming into the game with a 7-0 record, and Vacaville has a 4-3 record, though both are unbeaten in conference play and this game will likely determine the MEL title. Vacaville was the last team to get a sectional championship with a 13-1 record in 2011. Napa downed Vacaville 26-14 in 2014. Vacaville’s Head Coach Mike Papadopoulos is also coming off of his 100th career victory after a 57-8 win last week over Armijo.



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 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.