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PREVIEW: Canton McKinley vs. Massillon Washington (OH)

October 29, 2013

CANTON, OH – One of biggest rivalries in the country continues when the Canton McKinley Bulldogs take on the Massillon Washington Tigers in the annual “War of 1894” on Saturday at 2 p.m. (EST) at Fawcett Stadium. Upwards of 18,000 fans are expected for a game that’s part of the 2013 Great American Rivalry Series presented by the U.S. Marine Corps and Hibbett Sports.

The oldest, continuously-played rivalry in Ohio is considered the No. 1 rivalry in the country by Rivals.com. They have combined for 34 state titles, 11 national championships, are ranked No. 1 and 2 with wins in Ohio and are ranked in the top 10 in wins nationally. Massillon Washington leads the all-time series 66-52-5, having won twice last season (37-29 in the regular season and 28-19 in the Division I regional semifinals).

Once again, both teams have had great seasons. The Todd Filtz-coached Bulldogs are 9-0 and ranked high in the state, while the Jason Hall-coached Tigers are 7-2. The Bulldogs beat Boardman 47-0 in their last game and the Tigers lost to St. Vincent-St. Mary.

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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.