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PREVIEW: West Linn vs. Oregon City (OR)

October 8, 2013

OREGON CITY, OR – It’s that time of year again when the Oregon City Pioneers and the West Linn Lions meet in the annual “Battle for the Bridge” on Thursday at 10 p.m. (EST) More than 6,500 fans will attend the game at Pioneer Memorial Stadium, which will host the 2013 Great American Rivalry Series presented by the U.S. Marine Corps and Hibbett Sports.

Starting back in 1921, the rivalry is debated as the longest-running one west of the Mississippi River. Oregon City won 35-29 last season to end a near-decade-long losing streak and holds a 49-42-1 lead in the all-time series.

The Pioneers, coached by Bruce Reece, have already matched last season’s win total as they are 5-1. They are coming off a 34-21 win over Grant, a game in which sophomore back Conner Mitchell ran for 147 yards and three scores.

The Lions, coached by Mike Fanger, went 4-7 last season but are 3-3 so far. They lost to Clackamas 6-0 as senior standout back Louie Germain was held to 58 yards after rushing for 453 yards in the previous two games.

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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.