Week Nine is our biggest week of the year with 12 huge rivalry games all over the country. We will feature two of North Carolina’s most passionate rivalries, one of New York’s oldest rivalry games, and we will have TWO LIVE internet video broadcasts and TWO LIVE internet audio broadcasts as part of the Great American Rivalry Series Broadcast Network.
Our staff is traveling Coast to Coast this week as we feature games in 11 states including Utah, New York, Massachusetts, Michigan, North Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee, Illinois, Virginia, Alabama and Washington.
For the last five 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 a battle between a rivalry game in Florida and one in Texas. It was a heated battle all week, but, ultimately, the rabid football fans in southern Texas won out as the Harlingen/San Benito game got over 44,000 votes to become last week’s VOTER’s CHOICE Game of the Week. and their game also went down to the wire as San Benito won the game with only 4 seconds remaining. This week we have a battle brewing between THREE games and its not over yet! Join the voting fun for Voter’s Rivalry Game of the Week HERE!
So far this season the Great American Rivalry has featured 57 games in 33 states and has passed out hundreds of Champions Hats, dozens of t-shirts and presented Scholar Athlete Awards, Hall of Fame Awards and MVP Awards to dozens of talented athletes.
East (UT) 31, Highland (UT) 6 – Oct. 14, 2015
Our first game this week was on a Wednesday as all games were in Utah this week. It featured the second oldest rivalry in Utah between the East Leopards and the Highland Rams and was presented by the United States Marine Corps. Both teams were unbeaten in the region and a victory by the Leopards put them in the driver’s seat for the Region 5 Championship in Salt Lake City. The rivalry between the Leopards and the Rams got started in Salt Lake City in 1957. The two schools are only two miles apart and some neighborhoods and families are divided in this intense rivalry. Highland downed the Leopards 10-3 in a 2014 Great American Rivalry game and currently leads the series with a 33-24 record. The 2015 game was their 58th meeting. You can read the report and see photos from the game HERE.
LIVE VIDEO BROADCAST – Depew (NY) vs. Lancaster (NY) – Oct. 16, 2015
This game will feature the historic New York Rivalry known as “The Game” between the Depew Wildcats and the Lancaster Legends on October 16 and the Great American Rivalry Series will be featuring this game as a LIVE VIDEO BROADCAST on the Great American Rivalry Series Broadcast Network in partnership with WXRL Radio of Lancaster, NY, beginning at 7 PM EST. This game will be presented by the United States Marine Corps. The Game is one of the oldest and most passionate rivalries in New York. The Wildcats will host the Legends, who were known for many years as the Redskins until changing the mascot and team name this year. The rivalry got its start in 1919. In the 1930s the rivalry got so intense that the game had a 8 year hiatus as fan safety became a concern. Locally, western New Yorkers still consider this to be one of the fiercest games around. The Legends lead the series 48-32-6 despite their 13-6 loss to Depew in a 2014 Great American Rivalry game. This annual game draws nearly 20,000 fans. Go to VIDEO Preview and Broadcast Link.
LIVE VIDEO BROADCAST – Tuscola (NC) vs. Pisgah (NC) – Oct. 16, 2015
The famed North Carolina rivalry game known locally as “The Haywood County Championship” between the Pisgah Black Bears and the Tuscola Mountaineers on October 16 will be featured as a LIVE VIDEO BROADCAST on the Great American Rivalry Series Broadcast Network, beginning at 7 PM EST and it will be presented by the United States Marine Corps at C.E. Weatherby Stadium. Considered to be one of the best known and fiercest rivalries in the southeastern United States, the “Haywood County Championship” will kick off the 51st meeting since 1966 between the Black Bears and the Mountaineers. Dominated by the Black Bears in the early years of the series, Tuscola came back and took 10 straight wins from 1978 to 1987 and then the teams balanced out over the next two decades with Pisgah hammering Tuscola 56-10 in 2006, which was the largest margin of victory in the series history. In 2013 Pisgah moved up to a 3A classification in North Carolina and thus joined the Mountaineers making the rivalry stakes even more intense. Currently, the series is evenly matched with Tuscola leading 26-24-1 and Pisgah bringing in a 2 game win streak. Both teams will come ready to battle big time at Weatherby Stadium this year. Go to VIDEO Preview and Broadcast Link.
LIVE AUDIO BROADCAST – Page (NC) vs. Grimsley (NC) – Oct. 16, 2015
One of North Carolina’s oldest high school football rivalries, it pits the Page Pirates up against the Grimsley Whirlies in the Series’ ninth weekend of games for 2015. This game will be presented by the United States Marine Corps and will be played on Friday, October 16 at Page’s Marion Kirby Stadium for the first time since the series began in 1960. The Rivalry Series is also pleased to team up with ESPN Triad for a LIVE AUDIO BROADCAST as part of the Rivalry Series Broadcast Network beginning at 6:45 PM EST. This rivalry got its start in 1960. Since then, the teams have met 62 times, but the game has always been played at Grimsley’s Jamieson Stadium. Until 1981, Page didn’t even have a home field, but since its stadium opened, the series has stayed at Jamieson in years when it was the Pirates’ home game because of its larger seating capacity and greater availability of parking. But the 2015 game will now be a true home game for the Pirates, who are currently ranked 14th in North Carolina. The schools are only about 3 miles apart and when they meet it is huge community event. Friendships are renewed and get-togethers take place…until the game, a matchup that far exceeds any win-loss records between the teams.
LIVE AUDIO BROADCAST – Lynden (WA) vs. Ferndale (WA) – Oct. 16, 2015
We will feature the historic Washington rivalry between the Lynden Lions and the Ferndale Golden Eagles on October 16 in a game presented by the United States Marine Corps at Ferndale High School’s field. The Rivalry Series is also pleased to note that we will partner with KPUG 1170 AM Radio in Bellingham, WA, to bring a LIVE AUDIO BROADCAST of the game beginning at 6:35 PM PST (9:35 PM EST). The Lions and Golden Eagles take this cross-county rivalry seriously and have played closely most years. Over the last 11 years, Lynden leads the series 6-5. Both teams are evenly matched this season with 3 wins and 1 loss this year (4 and 2 overall). In further comparison, Ferndale has allowed 121 points while scoring 179 and Lynden has allowed 98 points while scoring 200.
Bridgewater-Raynham (MA) vs. Barnstable (MA) – Oct. 16, 2015
The Great American Rivalry Series will feature a Massachusetts rivalry game between the Bridgewater-Raynham Trojans and the Barnstable Red Raider on October 16 presented by the United States Marine Corps and Muscle Milk. The game will be played at Bridgewater-Raynham’s stadium. Since Barnstable entered the Old Colony League, the game between Bridgewater-Raynham and Barnstable has grown into an intense rivalry. In the 25 years since 1990, one of the two teams has won the conference championship 16 time. Typically, this game has a bearing on the league championship. Currently the Trojans lead in the series 15-9-1.
Lowell (MI) vs. East Grand Rapids (MI) – Oct. 16, 2015
One of Michigan’s oldest high school football rivalries featuring the Lowell Red Arrows and the East Grand Rapids Pioneers will be presented by the United States Marine Corps and played on Friday, October 16 at Lowell High School. This rivalry had its first game in 1927 and after 1984 the two teams joined the same conference, making the rivalry even more meaningful. Lowell is currently one of the top 20 teams in the state. Last year the Red Arrows won in a Great American Rivalry Game 30-25, but the Pioneers lead overall with a 46-22-2 record.
Warner Robins (GA) vs. Northside (GA) – Oct. 16, 2015
Two of Georgia’s historic high school powerhouses, the Warner Robins Demons and the unbeaten Northside Eagles will face off on Friday October 16 in a game presented by the United States Marine Corps at Warner Robins’ home field. The Demons and Eagles have met 56 times since the rivalry started in 1964. Between the two teams, there are 7 State Titles, including 4 of them since 2004. Though Warner Robins leads the series 34-22 overall, Northside is 8-3 in the past 11 years.
Battle of the ‘Boro – Oakland (TN) vs. Riverdale (TN) – Oct. 16, 2015
The Great American Rivalry Series will feature the Battle of the ‘Boro when the Riverdale Warriors and Oakland Patriots take to the field on October 16 in the Series’ ninth weekend of games for 2015. This game will be presented by the United States Marine Corps at Oakland High School’s field. The Battle of the ‘Boro has been played since 1974 after Murfreesboro’s Central High closed its doors in 1972 upon the opening of the two new schools of Riverdale and Oakland. In 1974 the schools started competing in football with Riverdale winning the first meeting 10-7. Each squad won twice in the first four meetings before Riverdale had a six-game winning streak in the series. The largest margin of victory was in 1994 when Riverdale, which went 15-0 and beat Germantown for the state title, won 49-0. Riverdale has blanked Oakland six times and did so 14-0 in 2007. Oakland’s largest margin of victory came in 1989 when it won 30-6. The Patriots’ only shutout was 23-0 in 1988. Oakland, which has 3 State Titles, took home the Great American Rivalry Championship Trophy in 2014 with a 42-20 win, but the Warriors hold the series lead with a 32-13 record.
Geneva (IL) vs. Batavia (IL) – Oct. 16, 2015
In a game locally referred to as “The Biggest Game of the Season, the Geneva Vikings and the Batavia Bulldogs will clash in an Upstate Eight River battle of co-leaders on October 16. The game will be presented by the United States Marine Corps and Muscle Milk and will be played at Geneva’s stadium. This old Illinois rivalry got its start in 1913, and has missed a few years in between. They played their 96th game in 2014. Except for an unprecedented 19-year win streak by Geneva during the 1967-1985 seasons under legendary Coach Jerry Auchstetter, the series is fairly close. The current record is 51-40-5 with Geneva leading the series, though Batavia has won the past four years in a row. Both teams are coming into the game with unbeaten conference records. Geneva enters ranked No. 4 in Class 7A in this week’s AP poll; Batavia is ranked fifth.
Vestavia Hills (AL) vs. Hoover (AL) – Oct. 16, 2015
One of Alabama’s most fiercest and most storied rivalries will take place on October 16 as the Vestavia Hills Rebels host the Hoover Bucs in the Series’ ninth weekend of games for 2015. This game will be the 50th meeting of these two powerhouse programs and will be presented by All Choice Insurance Group, a Safeco Insurance Agency and played on Friday, October 16 at Vestavia Hills. This is one of the most bitter rivalries in Alabama. The Rebels have lost their last seven outings with Hoover though they have beaten them a few times since Hoover’s rise to dominance in the 2000. But the scores were never by more than 4 points. When the Bucs fell at Vestavia Hills in the 2007 state playoffs, it marked the only time the Bucs did not reach the Class 6A state title game in the 2000s. However, the Bucs lost to Spain Park at home earlier this season in another Great American Rivalry game, ending their 44 game in-state win streak and also experiencing their first shut out since the 1990s. The following week Spain Park also shut out the Rebels, so both teams will be hungry for a win in this one.
Phoebus (VA) vs. Hampton (VA) – Oct. 17, 2015
In a game dubbed “The Battle of Hampton,” we will feature the Phoebus Phantoms and the Hampton Crabbers. This 48 year rivalry will be presented by the United States Army and will be played on Saturday, October 17 at Darling Stadium in Hampton. This will be the 49th meeting of the Phantoms and Crabbers in a rivalry series that began in 1976 and is the biggest rivalry in Hampton. The teams have met eight times in the playoffs and Phoebus has won five of these. There have been two overtime games in the series in 1994 and 2011 and Hampton won those. The Crabbers lead the series 30-17, but the Phantoms have won the last 4 games and the last ten out of 11, including a 19-8 victory in their 2014 Great American Rivalry Series matchup. Both teams enter this week’s games unbeaten and this game could easily decide the district title.