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Rider vs. Wichita Falls – 2014

September 29, 2014

Annual Rider-Old High Game Selected for 11th Annual Great American Rivalry Series
Classic Texas HS Football Rivalry Receives National Attention

Wichita Falls, TX: October 3, 2014 – It’s back to the glory, roaring fans, camaraderie, sideline chants, sold out seats and head to head battles between Great American Rivals. With some of the longest running matches in the history of high school football, these annual showdowns come with great football, hard earned sweat and hometown pride.

The 2014 Great American Rivalry Series, presented by the United States Army, hits the road this season to Wichita Falls, Texas on October 3rd to highlight one of the most heated rivalries in the country: Rider vs. Wichita Falls.

For the 11th year, the Great American Rivalry Series has selected an exclusive collection of top–notch rivalries across the country, covering 36 states and 92 cities throughout the country. Wrapped in tradition, these annual battles motivate the whole community, celebrating the schools, their teams, and their fans.

Series founder and CEO Rick Ford notes that, “With all the traditions of bonfires, pep rallies, and parades, high school football has brought together communities to watch their teams compete in these classic battles for more than a hundred years. The Rivalry Series was created to celebrate these games.”

The Rider Raiders and Wichita Falls Coyotes will take the field for week 6 of the 2014 Series. Over 15,000 fans are expected to pack the stands at Memorial Stadium to witness this classic Texas clash between these long-time rivals.

You can find more information at GreatAmericanRivalry.com or through the Series’ Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram accounts. Previews and past results will be posted throughout the season with details of the teams and the history of the rivalries, and after the game. Fans can relive the excitement with photo galleries and game recaps.

The Rider-Old High game was selected as one of the top 100 must-see match ups for the 11th Annual Series. These two schools have been meeting each other every year in this heated rivalry since 1962. Last year, Rider won 36-21.

An in-school Rivalry Fitness Challenge will also take place between the two schools during the week leading up to the game. The school that proves to be the fittest will be awarded a crystal trophy at halftime of the game.The winning team earns year-long bragging rights, and the Great American Rivalry Series Champions trophy, presented by the Army. The game’s Most Valuable Player and the top student-athlete from each school are also recognized as part of the series.

“We are once again excited to be partnering with the Great American Rivalry Series” said ____.  “The competitive spirit displayed during the Fitness Challenge and on the field during the games is what being a soldier in the United States Army is all about. We are proud to work alongside these outstanding young men and women as they prepare for the next stage of their lives.”

SOCIAL MEDIA

Fans can add to the intensity of the rivalry via Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram using #GreatAmericanRivalry and #Beat[RivalSchool]. The Series is holding a ‘Fan Photo of the Game’ contest that will take place at every game; each winning fan will be included in the Fan Photo of the Year poll. The winner will be named the Great American Rivalry Fan of the Year!

ABOUT THE GREAT AMERICAN RIVALRY SERIES

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 has since spotlighted high school football games in nearly 40 states. 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 fans are committed.

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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.