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PREVIEW: Rome Free Academy vs. Proctor (NY)

September 16, 2013

ROME, NY – One of the oldest rivalries in the country will kick off when the Rome Free Academy Black Knights and the Proctor Raiders meet on Friday at 7 p.m. (EST) The game, which will see about 7,000 fans in attendance at RFA Stadium, is part of the 2013 Great American Rivalry Series presented by the U.S. Marine Corps and Hibbett Sports.

The rivalry dates back to 1891 and is the oldest rivalry in New York and one of the oldest in the country. Proctor has won seven of the last 11 matchups including a 65-20 blowout win last season.

The Black Knights and the Raiders are both coming off disappointing seasons in which they combined for just two wins, going 0-8 and 2-6, respectively.

Rome Free Academy, coached by Ted Swavely, is off to a 1-1 start this season and came within inches of two straight wins in a 9-6 loss to Corcoran. Sophomore Lindell Reed gained 109 yards.

Proctor, coached by Jerry Fiorini, has had a rough go of it so far this season, opening 0-2 and being outscored 92-6 including a 58-0 loss to Christian Brothers Academy in its last game. Senior back J’Von Evans has been the catalyst on offense, rushing for nearly 300 yards in

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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.