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PREVIEW: Northwestern vs. Rock Hill (SC)

November 4, 2013

ROCK HILL, SC – Can the Rock Hill Bearcats pull off the major upset and beat the Northwestern Trojans, who are ranked No. 1 in the state and top 10 nationally? We’ll find out when the two teams clash on Friday at 7:30 p.m. (EST) at District 3 Stadium in front of more than 10,000 fans as part of the 2013 Great American Rivalry Series presented by the U.S. Army and Hibbett Sports.

Northwestern has won three straight in the series, including a 48-21 win last season. The two schools have been playing since 1971 when Northwestern opened up seven miles from Rock Hill.

The Trojans – who went 12-3 last season, losing 31-24 to Greenwood in the Class AAAA II state title game – will try to cap off an undefeated regular season and move to 11-0 with another win after a 63-18 rout of Nation Ford in their last game. Senior quarterback Mason Rudolph leads coach Kyle Richardson’s team with over 2,400 throwing yards and over 260 rushing yards to go along with 41 total TDs. Senior receiver Quadarius Fair and junior receiver Dupree Hart have combined for over 1,700 yards and 27 scores.

The Bearcats, who went 3-8 last season under coach Joe Montgomery, are 4-6 after beating Lancaster 27-7. Senior Justin Stokes ran for 138 yards on 20 carries and totaled two scores in the win.

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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.