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PREVIEW: Cony vs. Gardiner (ME)

October 21, 2013

AUGUSTA, ME – One of the longest-running rivalries in the country continues when the Cony Rams and the Gardiner Tigers go head-to-head on Friday at 7 p.m. (EST) at Cony High School. A crowd of more than 4,000 is anticipated for a game that’s part of the 2013 Great American Rivalry Series presented by the U.S. Marine Corps and Hibbett Sports.

The rivalry between Cony and Gardiner has been going on since 1892 with Cony holding a 68-57-10 all-time series lead. Cony won last season’s matchup 26-15, just the second time in four games it hasn’t gotten into overtime.

Coming off their finest season in two decades after going 9-3, the Rams are 5-2 after a 35-21 loss to Greely. Coach Robby Vachon’s team is led by perhaps the best quarterback in the state, senior Ben Lucas, who has thrown for over 1,600 yards and 15 TDs.

After a decent 7-5 season in 2012, the Tigers, coached by Matt Burgess, are 0-7 after a 58-0 blowout loss to Skowhegan. They have been shut out four times this season and have been outscored 292-30.

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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.