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PREVIEW: Idaho Falls vs. Skyline (ID)

September 25, 2013

IDAHO FALLS, ID – The Skyline Grizzlies will be trying for three in a row over the Idaho Falls Tigers when the two teams meet in the annual “Emotion Bowl” on Friday at 9 p.m. (EST) at Ravsten Stadium. More than 7,500 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.

Skyline owns a 27-21 lead in the all-time series, winning the last two (24-20 last season) after losing the previous four.

The rivalry – which got its name from the late Jim Garchow, the voice of Skyline athletics – dates back to 1966 and has been played every year since. The teams share the field, so the field goal posts are painted in the winning team’s colors.

The Tigers, coached by Pete Molino, are coming off a disappointing 2-7 season. But they have already doubled that win total this season, opening 4-0 with blowout wins (52-19 against Pocatello and 52-13 against Madison) in their last two games. Seniors A.J. Martin and Clayton Powell form a dynamic quarterback-receiver combo.

The Grizzlies, coached by Scott Berger, went 3-6 last season. They are 2-2 so far this season and will try to bounce back from a 32-13 loss to Rigby. Senior quarterback Zak Bennett leads the way.

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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.