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Series Week 7: 7 Games, 1 Broadcast, 3 Top 100 Teams

October 1, 2015

21801110842_765974faf9_oWeek Seven features one of  America’s oldest rivalry games as well as games featuring three teams from the National High School Football Top 100 (HSFB100) and America’s 17th winningest active coach in one of the games. We will also have a national Broadcast Game of the Week LIVE featuring perhaps one of the most bitter rivalries in the country.

Our staff will be all over the country with games in Pennsylvania, Alabama, Mississippi, North Carolina, Louisiana and Colorado.

For the last three weeks we have carried a poll on our site for the rivals to partner up, gather their fans and join together to be the Voter’s Game of the Week. Last week we had two Georgia games that had massive voting and the final tally had both schools EACH gaining over 130,000 votes with just a slight difference.  As of this posting today, the Pueblo Centennial vs. Pueblo Central game in Colorado leads the voting with over 13,000 votes to South Panola vs. Olive Branch in Mississippi with 9,600 votes. Join the voting for Voter’s Rivalry Game of the Week HERE!

So far this season the Great American Rivalry has featured 41 games all over the country and has passed out hundreds of Champions Hats, dozens of t-shirts and presented Scholar Athlete Awards, Hall of Fame Awards and MVP Awards of dozens of talented athletes.


LIVE Broadcast Game of the Week HSFB100 #32 – South Panola (MS) vs. Olive Branch (MS) – Oct. 2, 2015, beginning at 7:00 PM CST

SPanOBrWhen the South Panola Tigers meet the Olive Branch Conquistadors in the Series’ seventh weekend of games for 2015, it will be another year of battle on the field in what is considered one of the bitterest rivalries in the country. Getting its start in 1972, this rivalry is renowned as one of the most bitter rivalries in the United States, so much so that the schools only refer to the opponent as either SP or OB, refusing to say the full name. The Tigers, also referred to as the “University of South Panola” hold the third longest winning streak in US High School football history – a string of 89 games from 2003 to 2008.  From 2003 to 2007 they won five MHSAA Class 5A State Championships in a row and were crowned the consensus national high school champions in 2010.  But all these accolades mean nothing when the Quistors take the field. The OB Nation cheers on this big city school when they visit rural Batesville. Currently, South Panola leads the series 29-10 and has a three game streak going into this Friday’s game. This will be the seventh LIVE Game of the Week Internet broadcast by the Series on the BrainBox Sports Network.

HSFB100 #52 – Hoover (AL) vs. Spain Park (AL) – Oct. 1, 2015

HooverSPThis is a rivalry that was featured on the MTV Series “Two-a-Days.” Nationally Ranked (HSFB100 #52) Hoover Bucs will host the Spain Park Jaguars in the Series’ seventh weekend of games for 2015. This 13 year rivalry game will be presented by the United States Army and will be played on a Thursday night, October 1 at Hoover Metropolitan Stadium.  As Alabama’s #1 team, Hoover leads this series 13-0 despite Spain Park having taken home 2 district championships.  Hoover has won 11 State Titles and has been ranked #1 over 100 times during their storied history. The two teams had not played on each other since 2011 until their game in October 2014. The Jaguars are coming into the game 4-1 and could give the Bucs a challenge.

HSFB100 #51 Louisville Trinity (KY) vs. St. Xavier (KY) – Oct. 2, 2015

StXTrinity2The Louisville Catholic School rivalry game between the nationally ranked Trinity Shamrocks (#51 in Dallas Jackson’s HSFB100 and 2011 National Champions) and the St. Xavier Tigers will be presented by the United States Marine Corps and played on Friday, October 2 at the University of Louisville’s Papa John’s Stadium. This annual rivalry game typically draws the biggest crowds of any high school event in the country. This rivalry got its start in 1956 and the game is so ingrained in the city’s Catholic culture that families schedule events to not conflict with the game. This game is promoted by the schools as the most-attended annual regular-season high school football game in the country, typically drawing over 35,000 fans. The two all-male schools of about 1,400 students each dominate state football. Trinity has won 23 state titles; St. X claims 13, including the 1955 and ’56 poll crowns before the Kentucky High School Athletic Association implemented playoffs. Trinity leads the series 38-37-2. Going into the 2014 game, Trinity had won 7 times in a row, but the Tigers downed them 35-21 to break that streak.

WPIAL AAAA #1 Woodland Hills (PA) vs. Upper St. Clair (PA) – Oct. 2, 2015

USCWoodlandsThis is a rivalry that features two historic Pennsylvania coaches as the WPIAL AAAA #1  Woodland Hills Wolverines host the Upper St. Clair Panthers in the a game presented by the United States Army. It will be played on October 2 at Woodland Hills’ Wolvarena, which is noted by ESPN and USA Today as one of America’s best places to watch a high school football game. This game features two of the most prolific and winningest high school coaches in Pennsylvania as the WPIAL’s victory leader, Jim Render of Upper St. Clair, who has 381 victories under his belt and is currently the 17th winningest active high school coach in the country, takes on the Wolverine’s Coach George Novak, who has 289 victories. Coach Novak started coaching at Steel Valley in 1979 and is the only coach in Woodland Hills history, starting in 1987.   Novak is one of only four coaches in WPIAL history with six WPIAL titles.  He won one at Steel Valley and five at Woodland Hills. Last year Coach Novak’s Wolverines handed USC’s Coach Render his biggest defeat in 36 years (as well as the most points given up by the Panthers in 55 seasons. The Panthers will bring their 2-2 record into Wolvarena to face an unbeaten Woodland Hills squad this Friday. The Great American Rivalry Series is working with MSA Sports and the Woodland Hills Football Network to bring a delayed broadcast Game of the Week to our site.

Battle For the Golden Football – Jesuit (LA) vs. Holy Cross (LA) – Oct. 2, 2015

JesuitHCThe Great American Rivalry Series will feature The Battle for the Golden Football between the Jesuit Bluejays and the Holy Cross Tigers in the Series’ seventh weekend of games for 2015. This 93 year rivalry has had 95 games and will be presented by the United States Army and will be played on a Friday, October 2 at Tad Gormley Stadium on the University of New Orleans Campus. This rivalry between the Blue Jays and the Tigers is considered to be the 5th oldest continuously played rivalry in the country, having started in 1922 and played annually since, though there have been 95 games including the no contest game of 1937 In 2006 the Golden Football traveling trophy was created and the trophy resides at the winning school until the following year. The teams generally share a game day t-shirt that is created with the same design each year and each schools uses their own colors. This rivalry draws huge crowds and is always a great contest. When the two met in 1940 the stadium was packed with 34,345 fans, still one of the largest crowds ever to see a high school game. Currently Jesuit leads the series 55-38-1 (plus the no contest in 1937).  The Blue Jays won their 8th state championship in 2014.

The Bell Game – Pueblo Centennial (CO) vs. Pueblo Central (CO) – Oct. 2, 2015

PuebCentCentralThe Great American Rivalry Series will feature The Bell Game between the Centennial Bulldogs and the Central Wildcats in a decades old rivalry that has had 108 games and will be presented by the United States Army. The game will be played on Friday, October 2 at Pueblo’s Dutch Clark Stadium. The series is considered to be one of the six oldest in the United States and has been played every year from 1892 to present, with a hiatus between the years 1908 and 1920. Beginning in 1950 the schools have played what has been called the Bell Game. The Bell is a traveling trophy that the two schools share with the winner painting the bell in their school colors. The series, played at Earl “Dutch” Clark Stadium (named after the former Central star) and is often a sellout as 15,000 screaming fans cheer on their Bulldogs or Wildcats. As of 2014 Central leads the series 54-45-9, including the 5 ties where the game was scoreless.

AC Reynolds (NC) vs. Asheville (NC) – Oct. 2, 2015

ACAshevilleThe storied North Carolina Rivalry game between the AC Reynolds Rockets and the Asheville Cougars will be presented by the United States Marine Corps and is played on Friday, October 2 at AC Reynolds High School.  This rivalry got its start in 1967 and Asheville leads the series 18-14. The Rockets won the 4A State Championships and 1999, 2002 and 2009 and Asheville had a 3A Championship in 2005. Going into this week’s game, the teams are ranked 4th and 5th in the state. The winning team will take home the Great American Rivalry Series Champions trophy, presented by the Marines.



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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.