by Jon Ford and Ryan Mosser
There were no “ESPN” cameras, no television broadcasts, and no giant blow-up tunnels, but there was a “Great American Rivalry Series” game between Tuscola and Pisgah, and that was enough! Tucked deep in the Smoky Mountains, the cross-town rivalry between these two schools was set to be a show down. It was a cold, rainy night with kick-off set for 7:30pm, but by 4pm the stands were half full, the band was warming up, and the fans were finding seats closest to the action. Since 1966 this game has been going on, but tonight was the night to showcase this Great American Rivalry to the country and to shine the spotlight on one of the Smoky Mountain’s biggest secrets.
Tuscola Athletic Director Mike Sutton said, “I consider my life complete, except for the fact that I have never beat Pisgah.” The game had a very intense start–both teams came out with fire in their eyes. But tonight was Tuscola’s night to shine. Led by senior quarterback Tyler Brosius, Tuscola went to the air to light up the scoreboard. Tuscola took the lead and never looked back. The final score was 41-10.
The community of Waynesville NC is very proud of their students for their excellence on and off the field of play. This rivalry means more than a win or loss, it is a rite of passage. This game is about a community taking pride in their school and supporting their kids no matter the outcome of the game.
The 12th man award goes to proud Tuscola fan Doug, who gives back to the community by providing free tailgate to anyone willing to eat bear meat or pig from Spain. On behalf of The Great American Rivalry Series and the United States Air Force, we salute Doug for his contribution to this great community rivalry!
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- Tuscola vs. Pisgah – 2009