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North Tonawanda 40, Tonawanda 14 (10/14/11)

October 15, 2011

By Stacey Edwards

This was the 102nd time these teams played one another, with the Great American Rivalry Series featuring this 3rd oldest Rivalry in the U.S. for the second time: first in 2009 and again this year. Some are saying that every year both teams play one another could be the last time it happens. Both schools have gone through re-districting, causing North Tonawanda football to become too big to keep the football rivalry going. Both teams fear the day when it is no longer known as the T-NT game.

The weather was windy and raining, but that did not stop either team from running out to play the 102nd game between the two schools. North Tonawanda scored the first touchdown of the night in the first quarter followed soon by another. The 2nd quarter started with North Tonawanda scoring again then going for the 2-point conversion, bringing the half-time score to 20-0 in favor of North Tonawanda.

The 3rd quarter got underway with players sliding all over the place. Normally baseball players slide into home but in this weather, North Tonawanda slid into their end zone to score another touchdown. Tonawanda got the ball and went for a long pass in hopes of scoring their first touchdown of the night, but an interception brought the 3rd quarter to a close with North Tonawanda in possession of the ball.

Tonawanda get their first touchdown of the night in the fourth quarter, but NT answered right back with another touchdown. Tonawanda had the ball for the final play of the T-NT rivalry game and scored their 2nd and last touchdown. The final score was North Tonawanda 40-Tonawanda 14.


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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.