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“Battle of the Bluefields”

August 21, 2014

Annual “Battle of the Bluefields” Selected for 11th Annual Great American Rivalry Series
Classic Virginia/West Virginia HS Football Rivalry Receives National Attention

Bluefield, VA: 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 Bluefield, Virginia on August 29th to highlight one of the most heated rivalries in the country: Bluefield vs. Graham.

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 Bluefield Beavers and Graham G-Men will take the field for week 1 of the 2014 Series. Over 10,000 fans are expected to pack the stands at Mitchell Stadium to witness this classic Virginia/West Virginia clash between these long-time rivals.

You can find more information at 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 Bluefield-Graham game was selected as one of the top 100 must-see match ups for the 11th Annual Series. These teams meet each year in this heated interstate rivalry. This tradition rich, annual rumble dates back to 1911, in on of the most notable border rivalries in high school football. The G-Men will enter the game hungry, as they hope to avenge their 60-38 loss to the Beavers in last year’s game.

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.”

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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.