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Series Week 6: 9 Games, 2 Broadcasts, 2 Top 100 Teams

September 25, 2015

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2015garshcecWeek Six is our biggest week of the season so far as we have nine games from coast to coast and border to border including TWO LIVE Broadcast Games of the Week in Georgia and Louisiana.  Two of the National High School Football Top 100 (HSFB100) ranked teams will be playing this week as well.

Our staff will be on hand on both coasts with games in New Jersey and California and will be in the north in Michigan and Ohio as well as in the south in Texas and Louisiana. Overall, we have games in seven states including two in Georgia, two in Ohio as well as the others already mentioned.

For the last two weeks we have carried a poll on our site for the rivals to partner up and vote for their game as the game of the week.  As of this writing, the two Georgia games have had massive voting and the finally tally could be anybody’s guess. Since the poll opened at 9 AM on Monday, Sept. 21 over 200,000 votes have been cast, the majority of them between Hart County vs. Elbert County (GA) and Roswell vs. Milton (GA).  Both have over 97,000 votes and the battle is like a big Georgia Rivalry.  It is anybody’s guess which game will come out ahead in the end!

LIVE Broadcast Game of the Week #1 – Hart County (GA) vs. Elbert County (GA) – Sept 25, 2015, beginning at 7:00 PM EST

HartElbertThis is one of Georgia’s storied rivalry games as the Hart County Bulldogs host the Elbert County Blue Devils in the Series’ sixth weekend of games for 2015. This game will be presented by the United States Marine Corps and played on Friday, September 25 at Hartwell’s Herndon Stadium. This rivalry, which started in 1921 draws huge local crowds and is one of the most intense and close rivalries in the state.  Though the Blue Devils lead the series 47-37-2, the average margin of victory is only 1.01 as Elbert has scored 867 points to 857 for Hart.  Last year the Bulldogs walked away victorious winning 19-7. Both teams have already been ranked in Georgia’s AAA poll and Elbert sits at #3 currently. This will be the sixth LIVE Game of the Week Internet broadcast by the Series on the BrainBox Sports Network.

LIVE Broadcast Game of the Week #2 – Hahnville (LA) vs. Destrehan (LA) – Sept 25, 2015, beginning at 7:00 PM EST

HahnvilleDestThe brutal Battle on the River for 2015 features cross-river rivals the Hahnville Tigers and the Destrehan Wildcats. This game will be presented by the United States Marine Corps and played on Friday, September 25 at Hahnville High School. In Louisiana’s St. Charles Parish the East Bank vs. West Bank rivalry sizzles as one of Louisiana’s most heated football rivalries takes the field. The rivalry has escalated over many years of great success at both schools in football. Destrehan has won four state championships, including in 1949 (1A), 1973, 2007 and 2008. They won a six-on-six state title in 1941 and are the two-time reigning 5A state champions. They were state runner-ups in 1993. Hahnville won state championships in 1949 (Class B), 1968, 1972, 1992, 1994 and 2003. They were state runner-ups in 1995. In this series, Destrehan holds a 37-23 lead.  This will be the seventh LIVE Game of the Week Internet broadcast by the Series on the BrainBox Sports Network and pre-game begins at 6 PM CST (7 PM EST).

Big Georgia Rivalry – HSFB100 #50 Roswell (GA) vs. Milton (GA) – Sept. 25, 2015

RoswellMiltonOne of Georgia’s historic rivalry games is the Roswell Hornets vs. Milton Eagles. This 65 year old rivalry will be presented by The Rhoads Group, a Safeco Insurance Agency and played on Friday, September 25 at Roswell High School. This series began when both Roswell and Milton were small farming towns back in 1950. Today, both teams are entrenched in suburbia, but the same small town spirit returns for this old Georgia rivalry.  Roswell is nationally ranked going into the game.

Cincinnati Rivalry – HSFB100 #20 Colerain (OH) vs. Middletown (OH) – Sept. 25, 2015

ColerainMidTwo of the Cincinnati area’s big rivals meet as the Nationally Ranked (HSFB100 #20) Colerain Cardinals host the Middletown Middies in the Series’ sixth weekend of games for 2015. This game will be presented by the United States Marine Corps and played on Friday, September 25 at Cardinal Stadium, also known as The CAGE. Colerain is an annual powerhouse in Ohio and also considered nationally as one of the best teams in the country. Currently ranked #20 nationally by Dallas Jackson’s National HS Top 100, the Cardinals come into this game ready to take on the Middies. Middletown is no pushover either as they are usually one of the top ranked teams in the Greater Miami Conference, along with Colerain. The athletes from this blue collar factory town will certainly give the big city Cardinals a fight.

Tom’s River Civil War – Tom’s River North (NJ) vs. Tom’s River South (NJ) – Sept. 25, 2015

TomsRiverThe Toms River “Civil War” rivalry game between the Toms River North Mariners and the Toms River South Indians is still considered a battle. This 33 year rivalry game will be presented by the United States Marine Corps and played on Friday, September 25 at North’s Gernerd Field. The Mariners and Indians have been at this cross-town rivalry since 1972 after Toms River High School was split into North and South.  The Civil War victory last year was taken by North 44-34 at South’s Detwiler Stadium. Though heated, this Civil War game actually brought the town of Toms River together in 2012 after the devastation of Super Storm Sandy and it is still a major event in the town going into the 2015 season as the schools each celebrate their own versions of “Civil War Spirit Week.”

Battle for Grosse Pointe – Grosse Pointe North (MI) vs. Grosse Pointe North (MI) – Sept. 25, 2015

GrossePointeThe historic Battle for Grosse Pointe between the Grosse Pointe North Norsemen and the Grosse Pointe South Blue Devils is well known in Michigan. This 46 year old rivalry game will be presented this year by the United States Army and will be played on September 25 at Grosse Pointe North.  This rivalry got its start in 1969 and since 2000, Grosse Pointe North has lost to Grosse Pointe South six times, once in 2001, 2002, and 2010 through 2013, the longest losing streak in the rivalry. This losing streak was broken on September 26, 2014 when the Norsemen beat Grosse Pointe South 22-20.  Despite that long streak, the Norsemen still lead the series 28-17.

The Akron Holy War – Archbishop Hoban (OH) vs. St. Vincent St. Mary (OH) – Sept. 25, 2015

HobanSTVMThe Akron “Holy War” rivalry game between the Archbishop Hoban Knights and the St. Vincent St. Mary Fighting Irish is one of the biggest “Holy War” rivalries. This 38th rivalry game will be presented by the United States Marine Corps and played on Friday, September 25 at the University of Akron’s InfoCision Stadium. Often referred to as “Akron’s Holy War,” this rivalry between STVM’s Fighting Irish and the Knights of Hoban is typically a game to remember.  First started in 1959 and played through 1977, the rivalry kicked back into gear after a 20 year hiatus in 1996 when the teams faced off at the Rubber Bowl.  Beginning in 2009 the Holy War was moved to InfoCision Stadium and now draws a huge crowd from throughout Northeastern Ohio.  Though STVM leads the series 21-17 and has won the past 8 years, this game always seems to come down to the last play.  Last year STVM squeaked by in 3 overtimes to down Hoban 33-27.  Hoban is ready to bring the Ancient Order of Hibernians Shillelagh Stick back to their trophy case.

The Border Battle – Deer Park (TX) vs. LaPorte (TX) – Sept. 25, 2015

DeerParkLaPorteThe “Border Battle” rivalry game between the Deer Park Deer and the LaPorte Bulldogs will be presented by the United States Marine Corps and played on Friday, September 25 at Abshier Stadium in LaPorte. The Border Battle between two old oil towns took root in 1946 with Deer Park’s 8-0 series-opening victory. The first and only tie occurred the next year, and La Porte won in 1948. La Porte began playing football in 1921, Deer Park in 1940. This is a rivalry series so close that nine of the previous 11 meetings were decided by seven points or less, including a last minute TD for LaPorte last season for a 10-6 victory. Now in its 55th game, LaPorte leads the series 28-25-1, especially after a 15 game win streak between 1975 and 1991. Though most games have been very close, Deer Park does own the most lopsided victory when they downed LaPorte 46-6 in 1956.

Battle for the Smudge Pot – San Dimas (CA) vs. Bonita (CA) – Sept. 25, 2015

SanDimasBonitaOut on the West Coast the “Battle for the Smudge Pot” rivalry game between the San Dimas Saints and the Bonita Bearcats will be presented by the United States Marine Corps and Muscle Milk and is played on Friday, September 25 at Citrus College in Glendora, CA.  These two schools are only 6 miles apart in the heart of California citrus country where smudge pots are used to prevent frost on the trees. The Saints and the Bearcats have been playing for the coveted silver-plated smudge pot since 1972 and the winner typically paints it in the school colors after the win. San Dimas has leads the series 22-19 going into this week’s game.

 

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