Classic Pennsylvania HS Football Rivalry Receives National Attention
Pittsburgh, PA: August 29, 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 Marine Corps, hits the road this season to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on August 29th to highlight one of the most heated rivalries in the country: Penn Hills vs. Upper St. Clair.
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 Penn Hills Indians and Upper St. Clair Panthers will take the field for week 1 of the 2014 Series. Over 5,000 fans are expected to pack the stands at Penn Hills to witness this classic Pennsylvania 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 Penn Hills-Upper St. Clair game was selected as one of the top 100 must-see match ups for the 11th Annual Series. Having met in the playoffs and regular season many times, this is shaping up to be a heated game. Penn Hills won the game last year 35-0 after both teams started the season with 3 consecutive wins. The Panthers will enter the game hungry, as they hope to avenge their loss from last season.
The winning team earns year-long bragging rights, and 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 and, for two alumni at each game, the Friday night spotlight will shine again as they are inducted into the 11th class of the Great American Rivalry Series Hall of Fame.
“We are excited to partner once again with the Great American Rivalry Series,” said Leroy Pennington, Marketing Specialist for the United States Marine Corps “The elite status of this Series fits perfectly with the Elite Warrior brand of the Marine Corps and we are proud to stand alongside these outstanding young athletes.”