Week Five is another big week of high school rivalry football. We once again will have a great Rivalry Game of the Week LIVE Broadcast in partnership with CISN.tv as Dowling Catholic (IA) and Valley (IA) battle each other in Des Moines at 7 PM CST (8 PM EST) TONIGHT! (BROADCAST LINK). We also have a nationally ranked team playing in a nationally renowned rivalry game as the Byrnes Rebels (SC) (Dallas Jackson’s HSFB100 #33 this week) host the Gaffney Indians (SC). And, one of the oldest rivalries in the country will be featured this week in Green Bay, WI.
Our staff will be on hand at giant rivalry games in Utah, South Carolina, Missouri, Wisconsin, Illinois, California and Washington DC this weekend as we continue to feature some of the most storied high school rivalries in the country.
LIVE Broadcast Game of the Week – Dowling Catholic (IA) vs. Valley (IA) – Sept 18, 2015
The Crosstown Classic between two unbeaten crosstown rivals the Dowling Catholic Maroons (#4 4A in Iowa) and the Valley Tigers (#1 4A in Iowa). The local rivals have each won five state championships in 4A since 2000. Since Valley and Dowling began their dominant run in 2000, they’ve played 15 times in the regular season and seven times in the playoffs. The record: Valley 11, Dowling 11. This is the fourth LIVE Internet broadcast by the Series and will be presented this year by the US Marines.
Historic South Carolina Rivalry – HSFB100 #33 Byrnes (SC) vs. Gaffney (SC) – Sept. 18, 2015
We will feature one of the nation’s most well known rivalry games between the nationally ranked Byrnes Rebels and the Gaffney Indians in the Series’ fourth weekend of games for 2015. This rivalry has been played since 1970 by two teams that have had great success in their programs. The Indians have 17 State Championships and the Rebels have 11. Though Gaffney leads the series 15-13, Byrnes got the most recent win with a decisive 29-7 score in 2014. Byrnes will be out to keep their national ranking in this one.
Timpview (UT) vs. Provo (UT) – Sept. 18, 2015
In a town known more for its nationally ranked BYU Cougars, the real battle in Provo is tonight as the 4A #1 ranked Timpview Thunderbirds host their cross town rival Provo Bulldogs. This will be the 37th meeting of the Thunderbirds and Bulldogs in a rivalry that began in 1977. Timpview, which has 11 State Titles, leads the series 29-7. The Thunderbirds have won the State title each year since 2012 and their Coach, Cary Whittingham, is the first high school coach in Utah to win three consecutive state championship titles.
Green Bay West (WI) vs. Green Bay East (WI) – Sept. 18, 2015
The name Green Bay conjurs up images of football and the rivalry between the Green Bay East Red Devils and the Green Bay West Wildcats steps it up on notch. In its 110th year, the rivalry series between Green Bay’s East and West High Schools is considered to be one of the oldest continuously played rivalries in the country, getting its start unofficially in 1895, but played continuously since 1905. The rivalry celebrated its 100th year in 2005. The 100th anniversary game was won by East 56-8. In commemoration of that game, a traveling Time Capsule trophy was created that transfers to the winning team and will do so annually until 2030. East enjoys a rich tradition of football dating back to Curly Lambeau (for whom the Green Bay Packers’ field is named) and Jim Crowley. The Red Devils play at East Stadium, which used to be called City Stadium, which was the home of the Packers from 1925 to 1956. Overall, East leads the series 51-39-3.
Historic Chicago Rivalry – Mt. Carmel (IL) vs. St. Rita (IL) – Sept. 18, 2015
The rivalry game between the IL 7A #2 Mount Carmel Caravan and the St. Rita Mustangs is nearly 90 years old. Presented by the US Army and Muscle Milk this year, it will be another barn burner game. The rivalry between the Caravan and the Mustangs has been a big time Chicago tradition since 1924. Mt. Carmel has 12 State Titles and St. Rita has 2 State Championships. Some famed athletes have been at both schools including Caravan Alumni Frank Cornish (Dallas Cowboys), 2013 Heisman finalist Jordan Lynch, and Donovan McNabb. For St. Rita, Darius Fleming (Notre Dame/New England) and Ahmad Merritt are notable alumni. Overall, Mt. Carmel leads the series 59-30-3.
“Battle of the Blue and Gold” – Center (MO) vs. St. Pius X (MO) – Sept. 18, 2015
In a series new to the Rivalry Series, the US Marines are sponsoring the Center Yellowjackets vs. the St. Pius X Warriors in a conference battle known as the Battle of the Blue and Gold since both schools share the same school colors. This unique rivalry got its start in 1990 as the two Kansas City, MO schools began to battle it out annually. The Warriors have 4 state titles and won the game last year 23-13. However, the Yellowjackets have continued to get stronger nad may give St. Pius X a good battle in this first Great American Rivalry experience for both teams. They start out with a Blue and Gold Carnival before the game to get things kicked off.
“Battle for the Bell” – Victor Valley (CA) vs. Apple Valley (CA) – Sept. 18, 2015
Our team heads to southern California to feature the Battle for the Bell between the Victor Valley Jackrabbits and the Apple Valley Sun Devils. This 46 year old rivalry game will be presented this year by the United States Army. The Battle for the Bell began in 1969 and over the years Apple Valley leads the series 30-15. This has always been one of the highlights of these two neighboring schools and communities and is always a great rivalry game.
“Jesuit Gridiron Classic” – Gonzaga College Prep (DC) vs. Georgetown Prep (DC) – Sept. 19, 2015
In our only Saturday game this week, we will feature the Jesuit Gridiron Classic between the Gonzaga Eagles and the Georgetown Prep Little Hoyas in the Series’ fifth weekend of games for 2015. This is one of the oldest rivalries in the country and this year will be presented by the United States Army. The Jesuit Gridiron Classic is one of the rare rivalries that got its start in the 1890s. Beginning in 1891, these two teams have met on and off 67 times, with Gonzaga leading the series 36-28-3. During the 14 year run of the City Championship Football Series (1948-1962), Gonzage appeared 4 times. NFL player Cam Johnson, former Stanford QB and 2012 Rose Bowl Champ Kevin Hogan, and Darryl Hill, the first African American football player at the Naval Academy are notable alumni of Gonzaga. Kevin Plank, the Founder and CEO of Under Armour and F. Lal Heneghan, an Executive Vice President with the San Francisco 49ers are alumni of Georgetown Prep.