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Week 1 Match-Ups

September 1, 2010

The Great American Rivalry Series celebrates the cultural phenomenon of Friday night high school football by shining the spotlight on classic gridiron clashes where expectations are sky high and die-hard fans abound! This weekend’s match-ups include:

Thursday, August 26, 7:00pm ET
Maryville vs. Alcoa, Maryville TN


Upwards of 10,000 fans are expected to come out and pack the stands at Shields Stadium to witness Tennessee football at its best. The annual Alcoa-Maryville rumble dates back to 1927, with Maryville leading the series 56-22-2. Even with 22 state titles between the two schools, nothing will taste sweeter than bringing home a victory on August 26.

Friday, August 27, 7:30pm ET
Graham vs. Bluefield, Bluefield WV
The Graham-Bluefield rivalry dates back to 1911 in one of the most notable border rivalries in high school football. The two schools play in the annual Battle of the Bluefields for bragging rights where a rich football history abounds as there are 13 state titles between the two schools. Over 10,000 fans are expected to attend.

Friday, August 27, 7:30pm ET:
Cedar Shoals vs. Clarke Central, Athens GA
On Friday, August 27, at 7:30pm, longtime rivals Cedar Shoals and Clarke Central will take the field for week two of the 2010 Great American Rivalry Series. Gates open at 5:30pm at Waters/Wilkins Stadium with 5,000 fans are expected to come out and pack the stands. This tradition rich, annual rumble dates back to 1972 and is one of the most recognized rivalries in the state. Clarke currently leads the Series in victories 27-17.

Friday, August 27, 7:00pm ET
Gardiner vs. Coney, Gardiner ME
This year the Great American Rivalry Series comes for the first time to cover the action as the Gardiner Tigers and the Cony Rams clash on Friday, August 27, at 7:00pm. The Gardiner vs. Cony rivalry turns 128 years old this year, with the first match-up in 1892. Last year, Cony upset Gardiner, the defending Class B state champion, 32-14, to snap a five-game losing streak to Gardiner. Cony leads the series in victories 65-55-10, and once again has possession of “the boot,” a trophy awarded to the winning school each year, with the score inscribed after each game. Expected attendance is 4,000.

Saturday, August 28, 7:30pm CT
Lake Travis vs. Westlake, Austin TX
For the first time, the Great American Rivalry Series will feature Lake Travis and Westlake on Saturday, August 28, at 7:30pm. Gates open at 6:00 pm at the University of Texas Darrell K. Royal Stadium with over 15,000 fans are expected to come out to witness the contest. The Lake Travis-Westlake series is currently tied at 2-2, with Lake Travis winning last year’s game 42-21.

Saturday, August 28, 8:00pm MT
Alta vs. Bingham, Salt Lake City UT

20,000 fans are expected to come out on Saturday to the University of Utah’s Rice Eccles Stadium for the Alta-Bingham “Black and Blue Rivalry.” In the past four years, both teams have been nationally ranked in the Top 100, and the winner of this game each year has gone on to win the 5A State Championship.

Bring on the tail gating, cookouts, face painting, crowd cheering, pep rallies, halftime showdowns, hometown pride and mud-slinging battles in the trenches! And check back next week for photos, videos, and exciting game highlights!

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What is the Great American Rivalry Series?

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.