Annual Northville-Novi Selected for 11th Annual Great American Rivalry Series
Classic Michigan HS Football Rivalry Receives National Attention
This is an archive audio broadcast by Northville H.S. and provided to us courtesy of them.
Northville, MI: October 10, 2014 – It’s back to the glory, roaring fans, camaraderie, sideline chants, sold out seats and head to head battles between Great American Rivals. With some of the longest running matches in the history of high school football, these annual showdowns come with great football, hard earned sweat and hometown pride.
The 2014 Great American Rivalry Series, presented by the United States Army, hits the road this season to Northville, Michigan on October 10th to highlight one of the most heated rivalries in the country: Northville vs. Novi.
For the 11th year, the Great American Rivalry Series has selected an exclusive collection of top–notch rivalries across the country, covering 36 states and 92 cities throughout the country. Wrapped in tradition, these annual battles motivate the whole community, celebrating the schools, their teams, and their fans.
Series founder and CEO Rick Ford notes that, “With all the traditions of bonfires, pep rallies, and parades, high school football has brought together communities to watch their teams compete in these classic battles for more than a hundred years. The Rivalry Series was created to celebrate these games.”
The Northville Mustangs and Novi Wildcats will take the field for week 7 of the 2014 Series. Over 8,000 fans are expected to pack the stands at Tom Holzer Ford Field to witness this classic Michigan clash between these long-time rivals.
You can find more information at GreatAmericanRivalry.com or through the Series’ Twitter, Facebook, 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.
The Northville-Novi game was selected as one of the top 100 must-see match ups for the 11th Annual Series. These teams meet each year and fight for the “Baseline Jug”. The rivalry began in 1971 when Novi High School opened. Northville and Novi are neighboring towns where many of the students know each other and grow up playing sports. Novi leads the close series, 22-21.
An in-school Rivalry Fitness Challenge will also take place between the two schools during the week leading up to the game. The school that proves to be the fittest will be awarded a crystal trophy at halftime of the game.The winning team earns year-long bragging rights, and the Great American Rivalry Series Champions trophy, presented by the Army. The game’s Most Valuable Player and the top student-athlete from each school are also recognized as part of the series.
Fans can add to the intensity of the rivalry via Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram using #GreatAmericanRivalry and #Beat[RivalSchool]. The Series is holding a ‘Fan Photo of the Game’ contest that will take place at every game; each winning fan will be included in the Fan Photo of the Year poll. The winner will be named the Great American Rivalry Fan of the Year!
ABOUT THE GREAT AMERICAN RIVALRY SERIES
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 has since spotlighted high school football games in nearly 40 states. 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 fans are committed.