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Pisgah 17, Tuscola 14 (10/15/10)

October 16, 2010

by Jon Ford

Buried deep in the Smoky Mountains–and separated by a mountain–Pisgah and Tuscola prepared for one the most anticipated games in the history of the series. With both teams coming into the game with a 5-2 record, expectiations for a big battle had already built up before the game even started. Pisgah was out for revenge after the 41-10 thrashing that they were handed last year at the hands of Tuscola.

The 1st quarter was all Pisgah with a 3-0 lead. Both teams came out with intensity but neither was able to move to ball. The 2nd quarter was the same as the 1st. With only 3 seconds left, Pisgah’s defense blocked a field goal and #5 of Pisgah recovered the blocked field gold and scampered for a 60-yard TD to end the half with a score of 10-7 Pisgah.

Pisgah in the 3rd quarter was a different team, making stops on defense and putting the ball in the air to take a 10 pont lead into the 4th.

With time running out for Tuscola, they put together one last drive for a chance at taking home the Great American Rivalry Series Trophy, but Pisgah’s defense was too strong.

The final score was 17-14. Pisgah broke a long losing streak with an impressive all around win. The Pisgah-Tuscola game is not only one of the best in North Carolina but in the country.


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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.