This is archive of Sept. 19 Broadcast
Annual Valley-Dowling Game Selected for 11th Annual Great American Rivalry Series
Classic Iowa HS Football Rivalry Receives National Attention
West Des Moines, IA: September 19, 2014 – It’s back to the glory, roaring fans, camaraderie, sideline chants, sold out seats and head to head battles between Great American Rivals. With some of the longest running matches in the history of high school football, these annual showdowns come with great football, hard earned sweat and hometown pride.
The 2014 Great American Rivalry Series, presented by the United States Marine Corps and AT&T, hits the road this season to West Des Moines, Iowa on September 19th to highlight one of the most heated rivalries in the country: Valley vs. Dowling.
For the 11th year, the Great American Rivalry Series has selected an exclusive collection of top–notch rivalries across the country, covering 36 states and 92 cities throughout the country. Wrapped in tradition, these annual battles motivate the whole community, celebrating the schools, their teams, and their fans.
Series founder and CEO Rick Ford notes that, “With all the traditions of bonfires, pep rallies, and parades, high school football has brought together communities to watch their teams compete in these classic battles for more than a hundred years. The Rivalry Series was created to celebrate these games.”
The Valley Tigers and Dowling Maroons will take the field for week 4 of the 2014 Series. Over 12,000 fans are expected to pack the stands at Valley Stadium to witness this classic Iowa clash between these long-time rivals.
You can find more information at GreatAmericanRivalry.com or through the Series’ Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram accounts. Previews and past results will be posted throughout the season with details of the teams and the history of the rivalries, and after the game. Fans can relive the excitement with photo galleries and game recaps.
The Valley-Dowling game was selected as one of the top 100 must-see match ups for the 11th Annual Series. This game is always one that fills the seats and usually never disappoints. Last year’s game saw Dowling the victor with a 37-26 win over Valley.
The winning team earns year-long bragging rights, and the Great American Rivalry Series Champions trophy, presented by the Marines. The game’s Most Valuable Player and the top student-athlete from each school are also recognized as part of the series and, for two alumni at each game, the Friday night spotlight will shine again as they are inducted into the 11th class of the Great American Rivalry Series Hall of Fame.
“We are looking forward to once again work with the Great American Rivalry Series,” said Scott Wood, Marketing Specialist for the United States Marine Corps “Our Core Values – Honor, Courage, and Commitment – are similar to the values learned in scholastic football as players overcome adversity on the field and coaches help their players become better men. We are proud to stand alongside these outstanding young athletes.”
The Rivalry Series is teaming up with AT&T to conduct their #X ‘It Can Wait’ Twitter campaign. Fans and students of both schools can add to the hype of the rivalry through a friendly Twitter competition. Add #X #RollTigers or #X #GoMaroons to any and all tweets sent out from 9/15 through 9/21. The winner between the two schools will win a trophy presented at the game and could be in the running for a free in-school concert from the band, Rixton!
ABOUT THE GREAT AMERICAN RIVALRY SERIES
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 has since spotlighted high school football games in nearly 40 states. 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 fans are committed.