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Series Week 4: Seven Games & One Broadcast

September 11, 2015

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWeek Four promises to be a big week with a nationally ranked team playing and in a broadcast. Six other games feature some powerhouse teams from their own states as well, making this another great weekend of high school football.  We will be providing a LIVE Broadcast of the nationally ranked Maryville Rebels (HSFB100 #52 this week) visiting the powerful Alcoa Tornadoes, beginning at 7 PM EST on September 11 (BROADCAST LINK).

Our staff will be on hand at giant rivalry games in Minnesota, Tennessee, Georgia, Oklahoma, Mississippi and Texas as we continue to work with some of the most storied high school rivalries in the country.


LIVE Broadcast Game of the Week – #52 Maryville (TN) vs. Alcoa (TN) – Sept 11, 2015

AlcoaMaryvilleThe Rivalry Forged in Molten Metal between in state rivals the Maryville Rebels (Nationally ranked at #52 & Number 1 in Tennessee) vs. the Alcoa Tornadoes (#8 in Tennessee)  This is the third LIVE Internet broadcast by the Series and will be presented this year by Cate Russell Insurance, a Safeco Agency and also sponsored by the Blount County Substance Abuse Prevention Action Team.  The Alcoa-Maryville Rivalry is born out of an industrial battle as Maryville sought after a large aluminum plant in the 1920s.  But the Aluminum Company of America bought land north of Maryville and built a new town from scratch, calling it Alcoa.  The football rivalry dates back to 1927 and the competition between the “Twin Cities” of Alcoa and Maryville has many of the same ingredients found in the recipes of other great athletic rivalries in the country.  The schools are close in proximity, they both have great records of success and the stakes of the gridiron grudge matches include the “bragging rights” of neighbors.  Between the two schools there is a combination of 25 state championships.

“The Battle of Five Forks-Trickum” – Brookwood (GA) vs. Parkview (GA) – Sept. 11, 2015

BrookwoodParkviewWe will feature “The Battle of Five Forks – Trickum,” rivalry game between the Brookwood Broncos and the Parkview Panthers in the Series’ fourth weekend of games for 2015. This big Georgia rivalry between the two teams will be presented by the United States Marines.  This Rivalry between the Broncos and Panthers has been played since 1982 and is considered one of the most vicious, long standing and competitive rivalries in Georgia. Going into the 34th meeting, Brookwood leads the series 20-13. Although Parkview took home the trophy last year with a 37-24 win and has 4 State Titles, Brookwood carries with it two State Titles as well and will be ready to rumble.

“Tennessee’s Oldest Rivalry” – Marion County (TN) vs. South Pittsburg (TN) – Sept. 11, 2015

MarionSPittTennessee’s Oldest Rivalry,” game between the Marion County Warriors and the South Pittsburg Pirates is presented by the United States Marines. The rivalry got its start in 1924, but has been fairly lopsided, especially in recent years.  The Pirates lead the series 47-39-4. Both schools are in the same county and are only located 11 miles apart. This rivalry is so heated that Pirate fans call the Warriors “Jasper” rather than Marion County.  Some compare this rivalry to the Hatfields and McCoys because some families have relatives in the opposing school. Both schools have multiple state football championships, but this game carries bragging rights in the county worth more than any gold ball.

“The Battle for Abilene” –  Abilene Cooper (TX) vs. Abilene (TX) – Sept. 11, 2015

CooperAbileneDown in Texas we will be at “The Battle for Abilene,” rivalry game between the Abilene Cooper Cougars and the Abilene Eagles. This old Texas rivalry game will be presented by the United States Marines and also sponsored by Muscle Milk and will be played at Shotwell Stadium. This Rivalry started in 1961and has been heated throughout the series. Cooper leads the series 30-22 and there was a tie in 1965. Abilene has taken home 7 State Titles while Coop[er has appeared in two finals but has not won.

Southmoore (OK) vs. Westmoore (OK) – Sept. 11, 2015

SouthmooreWestmooreOn the heels of the “Moore War” last weekend, our team heads back for the young rivalry game between the Southmoore SabreCats and the Westmoore Jaguars. This recent Oklahoma rivalry game will be presented by the United States Marines and played at Moore Stadium. The two newer Moore schools meet up for a battle of their own. Starting in 2008, the two schools have split games with each school taking 3 games. Like the Moore War, this game will be a battle for pride among schools that share feeder Junior High Schools.

Anoka (MN) vs. Andover (MN) – Sept. 11, 2015

AnokaAndoverUp north in Minnesota we will feature the heated rivalry game between the Andover Huskies and the Anoka Tornadoes, presented by the US Marines.  This rivalry started when Anoka split and a number of players had to go to Andover. Many of the players played together on basketball and baseball teams together. Playing against their friends makes winning this game very important to the players. There is actually a good relationship between the two coaching staff, which makes the rivalry even more intense. This series has always yielded games that are very close and competitive. The student body gets excited for this game and the atmosphere at Goodrich Field for this game is amazing! Overall, Andover leads the series 7 games to 6.

The Crosstown Classic” – Lafayette (MS) vs. Oxford (MS) – Sept. 11, 2015

LafayetteOxfordWe will have a team down in Oxford, MS for  “The Crosstown Classic,” as the Oxford Chargers visit the Lafayette Commodores in one of Mississippi’s Classic rivalries. This historic Mississippi rivalry will be presented by Oxford Insurance, a Safeco Agency. This series got its start in 1972 as both teams battle for the Crosstown Classic Trophy.  Lafayette leads in this series 24-18-2, though Oxford took home the trophy in 2014 with a decisive 41-7 victory and has won the last three years in a row.


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