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Media Release: Vestavia Hills (AL) vs. Hoover (AL)

October 14, 2015


Vestavia Hills, AL:  Oct. 9, 2015 – The Great American Rivalry Series is proud to announce that it will feature one of Alabama’s most storied rivalries as the Vestavia Hills Rebels host the Hoover Bucs in the Series’ ninth weekend of games for 2015. This game will be the 50th meeting of these two powerhouse programs and will be presented by All Choice Insurance Group, a Safeco Insurance Agency and played on Friday, October 16 at Vestavia Hills. 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 is one of the most bitter rivalries in Alabama. The Rebels have lost their last seven outings with Hoover though they have beaten them a few times since Hoover’s rise to dominance in the 2000.  But the scores were never by more than 4 points. When the Bucs fell at Vestavia Hills in the 2007 state playoffs, it marked the only time the Bucs did not reach the Class 6A state title game in the 2000s.  However, the Bucs lost to Spain Park at home earlier this season in another Great American Rivalry game, ending their 44 game in-state win streak and also experiencing their first shut out since the 1990s. The following week Spain Park also shut out the Rebels, so both teams will be hungry for a win in this one.


The winning team earns year-long bragging rights and will also take home the Great American Rivalry Series Champions trophy, presented by All Choice Insurance Group, a Safeco Insurance Agent. 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.

“We are thrilled to support the Vestavia Hills vs. Hoover matchup and we look forward to presenting the winner’s trophy and MVP award to the winning team,” said Keeley Moore of All Choice Insurance.  Moore added, “We thank Safeco Insurance for its partnership in making this happen, and we hope to see packed stands at the game!”


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.


Providing auto, home, business, life, disability and long term care insurance, All Choice Insurance Group is a preferred insurance agency located in Birmingham, Alabama. Their Alabama insurance office is available to serve the insurance needs of people looking for value and not a product sale.

They have a combined experience of over 65 years in the insurance business. They want your Alabama insurance business and will go beyond the normal level of service to earn it. With over 12 admitted insurance companies, they value being able to offer clients more than one company.


In business since 1923 and based in Boston, Mass., Safeco Insurance sells personal automobile, homeowners and specialty products through a network of more than 10,000 independent insurance agencies throughout the United States. Safeco is a Liberty Mutual Insurance company.

Boston-based Liberty Mutual Insurance is a diversified global insurer and the third largest property and casualty insurer in the U.S. based on 2013 direct premiums written as reported by the National Association of Insurance Commissioners. Liberty Mutual Insurance also ranks 78th on the Fortune 100 list of largest U.S. corporations, based on 2014 revenue.

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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.