HOQUIAM, WA – One of the oldest rivalries in Washington will continue on Saturday at 5 p.m. (EST) when the Hoquiam Grizzlies face off against the Aberdeen Bobcats at Hoquiam’s Olympic Stadium. More than 7,000 fans will be in attendance for the game that’s part of the 2013 Great American Rivalry Series presented by the U.S. Marine Corps and Hibbett Sports.
The rivalry between Hoquiam and Aberdeen began back in 1906. Aberdeen leads the all-time series 67-35-5 despite losing the last two matchups, including a 49-6 blowout loss last season to claim the Myrtle Street Trophy (the street separates the two towns).
Both teams are coming off season-opening losses with the Grizzlies falling to Centralia (36-22) and the Bobcats losing to Montesano (31-27).
Coach Rick Moore’s Grizzlies finished 10-1 last season with an average margin of victory over 46 points. They graduated their entire offensive starting lineup, but still return experienced players in senior quarterback Brenner Carlstrom, senior backs Devin Kelly andTahcoy Ibabao and junior backs Tyler White and Michael Harris.
Coach Terry Dion’s Bobcats, who finished 3-6 last season, are led by senior quarterback Veek Cheema and backs Joel Dublanko, Deon Schlesser, Carter Harris, Austin Floch and Drew Stocker.