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Media Release: Oregon City (OR) vs. West Linn (OR)

September 1, 2015

Oregon City, OR: August 27, 2015 – The Great American Rivalry Series is proud to announce that it will feature the historic “Battle for the Bridge” rivalry between the Oregon City Pioneers and the West Linn Lions, claimed to be the longest continuously played prep football rivalry west of the Mississippi, in the Series’ third weekend of games for 2015. This year will be the 95th meeting between the two teams and will be presented by the United States Marine Corps and played on Friday, September 4 in Oregon City’s Pioneer Memorial 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

This storied Oregon Rivalry game began in 1921 when the Oregon City Bridge was built over the Willamette River and the Battle for the Bridge Rivalry Game was born. The winning team lays claim to the bridge until the next game. This rivalry game has been played annually 94 times since then and has also led to an annual charity matchup between alumni from the two teams, which raises funds for Cystic Fibrosis. Oregon City leads the series 50-43-1.

The Oregon City-West Linn game was selected as one of the top 100 must-see match ups for the 12th Annual Series. The winning team earns year-long bragging rights and the bridge named after the school for the year. They will also 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.

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.