The Great American Rivalry Series starts the weekend early again this week with a big game in Michigan on Thursday, then six great games on Friday and an old rivalry from Dallas on Saturday. We will also be providing a LIVE Broadcast of the historic 100th meeting between cross town and cross state rival teams in Texarkana as the Arkansas Razorbacks host the Texas Tigers in the Battle for the Battleaxe. On Friday we will also feature the #3 ranked team in the country (From the National HS Football 100) as St. Thomas Aquinas takes on another Florida Powerhouse in Miramar.
Our staff will be on hand at well known rivalry games in Michigan, Ohio, Florida, Oregon, Georgia, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Texas as we continue to work with some of the most storied high school rivalries in the country.
“Battle for the Battleaxe” – LIVE Broadcast Game – Arkansas HS (AR) vs. Texas HS (TX) – Sept 4, 2015
The Texarkana Battle for the Battleaxe between annual high school rivals the Arkansas Razorbacks and the Texas Tigers is sure to excite. This 100th Meeting between the two schools will also be the second LIVE Internet broadcast by the Series and will be presented this year by the United States Army. This cross town and cross border rivalry game has been played 99 times since 1909, missing games for only 7 years since. The two teams battle for the coveted Battleaxe trophy in their quest for becoming the No. 1 team in Texarkana. Over the past few years the Texas Tigers have taken home the prize, winning 14 straight going into the 2014 game. The Razorbacks fought hard last year to win 20-14 in overtime, stunning the Tigers. The record currently stands at 62-30-7 with Texas leading. The Texas-Arkansas game is always one of the most anticipated events in Texarkana. On both sides of the border unique traditions have ensued as Texas fans conduct bacon fry breakfasts and Arkansas fans chow down on “Tiger Tail” twist donuts as pregame breakfast rituals. Both teams will enter the game ready to play in their quest for the Battleaxe Trophy.
“The Backyard Brawl” – Macomb Dakota (MI) vs. Chippewa Valley (MI) – Sept. 3, 2015
We get started up in Macomb, MI as the Dakota Cougars host the neighboring Chippewa Valley Big Reds in a northern Detroit area rivalry. This 24 year rivalry between the two teams from neighboring townships will be presented by the United States Marine Corps and played on Thursday. It pits teams that have both won state championships. Dakota took home the Division I State Championships in 2006 and 2007 while Chippewa Valley took home a Division II Championship in 2001. Both teams now battle for the title in the Macomb Area Conference Red Division, which Chippewa Valley took from Dakota in a 28-27 win after losing to Dakota earlier in the season, and also broke a 14 game losing streak in the series. The series currently stands with Dakota leading 49-14-3.
“The Battle of the Hilliards” – Hilliard Davidson (OH) vs. Hilliard Darby (OH) – Sept. 4, 2015
The crosstown rivalry between these two Hilliard, OH schools has been played since 2007. Though the history is short in duration, it is always an intense battle. In 2014 Darby lost in a hard fought game 10-7. The Davidson-Darby game was selected as one of the top 100 must-see match ups for the 12th Annual Series and is always a great game for the community of Hilliard. Both teams will be ready to fight for the Hilliard prize.
National #3 St. Thomas Aquinas (FL) vs. Miramar (FL) – Sept. 4, 2015
St. Thomas Aquinas comes into the game nationally ranked in the Top 5 and has a storied tradition with 7 State Championships in Florida including recent appearances in 201,2012 and 2014. Miramar took a state championship in 2011. STA is currently ranked #3 nationally in Dallas Jackson’s HSFB100 Poll (http:/nationalhsfootball.com) after a huge first game win over Florida powerhouse Booker T. Washington last weekend. The school was the high school home to NFL Hall of Famer Michael Irvin and 2 Time Pro-Bowler Geno Atkins, among a number of others. Head Coach and Athletic Director George Smith has become one of the most well respected high school coaches in the country. Not to be outdone, Miramar’s “Dark Side” Defense has plans to thwart the Raiders this year.
“Battle for the Bridge” – Oregon City (OR) vs. West Linn (OR) – Sept. 4, 2015
The historic “Battle for the Bridge” rivalry between the Oregon City Pioneers and the West Linn Lions, claimed to be the longest continuously played prep football rivalry west of the Mississippi. This storied Oregon Rivalry game began in 1921 when the Oregon City Bridge was built over the Willamette River and the Battle for the Bridge Rivalry Game was born. The winning team lays claim to the bridge until the next game. This rivalry game has been played annually 94 times since then and has also led to an annual charity matchup between alumni from the two teams, which raises funds for Cystic Fibrosis. Oregon City leads the series 50-43-1.
“East Cobb Super Bowl” – Walton (GA) vs. Lassiter (GA) – Sept. 4, 2015
Down in Georgia we will participate in the East Cobb Super Bowl between annual rivals the Walton Raiders and the Lassiter Trojans. The Raiders and Trojans have been playing this rivalry since 1982 with Walton holding the lead at 20-13. At the end of the 2011 season the two teams met in Raider Valley in the Georgia State Semifinals. In that game the Raiders held on to a slim lead with less than a minute left and held the Trojans inside the 10 yard line. It was their second meeting of the season. Lassiter took home the wins in 2012 and 2013 and Walton won again in 2014. Both schools are heavily recruited and many of their former athletes dot the rosters of SEC colleges.
“The Moore War” – Westmoore (OK) vs. Moore (OK) – Sept. 4, 2015
The Moore War between annual rivals the Moore Lions and the Westmoore Jaguars is considered one of the top three high school games in Oklahoma. It got its start in 1988 when Westmoore was split off from Moore. Since then the teams have played 28 games and Westmoore has won the last 14 to lead the series 18-10.
“Oak Cliff Super Bowl” – Adamson (TX) vs. Sunset (TX) – Sept. 5, 2015
The Oak Cliff Super Bowl game between the Adamson Leopards and the Sunset Bison takes place on a Saturday afternoon in the lovely Kincaide Stadium in Dallas. Known as the Oak Cliff Super Bowl because Adamson High School was originally called Oak Cliff High School. Both Adamson and Sunset are two of the oldest schools in Dallas and are the only two schools in the history of Dallas ISD to gain state titles, with Adamson getting theirs in 1924 and Sunset in 1950. The series began in 1923 and continued until 2003, when Sunset won 27-6. After a nine year hiatus, the series began again in 2012. Sunset leads this longstanding series 48-35-1.