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PREVIEW: Tuscola vs. Pisgah (NC)

October 15, 2013

WAYNESVILLE, NC – The 50th annual “County Clash” is here! The Tuscola Mountaineers will face the Pisgah Black Bears on Friday at 7:30 p.m. (EST) at C.E. Weatherby Stadium. More than 12,000 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.

Since the series began in 1966 between the only schools in Haywood County, Tuscola holds a 26-22-1 advantage, having won two straight (17-14 in overtime in 2012) and seven of the last 10 overall. The last three games have been decided by three points or less.

The Brandon Allen-coached Mountaineers have already doubled-up their wins from all of last season, as they are 6-1 after winning five straight. They beat North Henderson 41-14 in their last game with junior backs Houston McCracken and Bryce Myers running for a combined 283 yards and five TDs.

The Black Bears, who are coached by Brett Chappell, went 6-7 last season and are 5-2 at this point in the season. They beat West Henderson 56-14 in their last game, as senior quarterback McKinley Brown had 306 total yards and five scores.

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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.