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PREVIEW: Frontier vs. Bakersfield (CA)

October 22, 2013

BAKERSFIELD, CA – While some rivalries have been going on for years and years, there are others that are just getting started. That’s the case when the Frontier Titans take on the Bakersfield Drillers on Friday at 10:30 p.m. (EST) at Frontier High School. Over 7,000 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.

This is just the fourth meeting between the two schools, as Frontier’s doors opened in 2006. Frontier won last season 28-21 after Bakersfield won the first two meetings.

The Titans, coached by Richard Cornford, lost to Liberty 37-36 to drop to 3-4 after going 7-4 last season. They are led by senior quarterback Evan Moore, who has thrown for over 1,100 yards and eight TDs and has rushed for over 300 yards and four scores.

Unlike Frontier, the Drillers are off to a good start, going 5-2 after their third straight win, 49-7 over Independence. Senior quarterback Asauni Rufus does it all, totaling over 1,400 yards and 20 TDs. They went 9-3 last season under coach Paul Golla.

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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.