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PREVIEW: Oak Ridge vs. Ponderosa (CA)

October 22, 2013

SHINGLE SPRINGS, CA – The Oak Ridge Trojans will try to make it five in a row over the Ponderosa Bruins meet on Friday at 10:15 p.m. (EST) at Oak Ridge High School. Over 7,000 fans are expected to witness a game that’s part of the 2013 Great American Rivalry Series presented by the U.S. Marine Corps and Hibbett Sports.

Oak Ridge has won the last four matchups in the crosstown series, including a close 20-17 win last season.

The Trojans are coming off a 12-2 season under coach Eric Cavaliere, a season in which they came up one win shy of going to the state playoffs. They are 6-1 this season after a 56-7 win over Sheldon. Sophomore quarterback Ian Book has thrown for over 1,200 yards and 14 TDs with his top target being senior receiver Justin Priest (516 yards and 8 TDs).

The Bruins started the season 4-0 but have lost three straight, including 46-0 to Pleasant Grove in their last game. Coach Jason Tenner’s team, led by junior quarterback Colby Chiverton (707 yards and 7 TDs), went 6-5 last season.

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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.