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PREVIEW: St. Edward vs. St. Ignatius (OH)

October 16, 2013

LAKEWOOD, OH – The annual “Holy War” is upon us, as the St. Edward Eagles take on the St. Ignatius Wildcats on Saturday at 7 p.m. (EST) More than 13,000 fans are expected at Lakewood First Federal Stadium to witness a game that’s part of the 2013 Great American Rivalry Series presented by the U.S. Marine Corps and Hibbett Sports.

St. Ignatius has won six of the last eight – despite losing 20-13 last season – and leads the all-time series 27-22-1. The winner of the rivalry receives the newly-created Safety Forces Trophy that honors graduates from both schools working in public safety.

The Eagles, coached by Rick Finotti, went 11-1 last season and lost to Mentor 63-56 in the second round of the state playoffs. The No. 1-ranked team in the state and a top-10 team nationally is currently 6-0 and has beaten every one of its opponents by at least 16 points, including a 41-14 win over Cardinal Mooney in its last game.

After going 11-2 last season and losing to Mentor 57-56 in the state quarterfinals, the Wildcats are 4-3 after a 32-29 loss to Eastern Christian Academy in their last game. They are coached by Charles Kyle.

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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.