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Week 13: Two Traditional Rivalry Games

November 13, 2015

22821925746_7b391b9755_kWeek Thirteen sees the 2015 Great American Rivalry Series winding down with only a couple of games remaining as most states are now starting their playoff season.  This week features 2 rivalry games including one of the oldest in in the country and also our first ever game in the state of Delaware.

Rivalry team members will be in Delaware on Friday and Pennsylvania on Saturday to complete games 98 and 99 for the 2015 season..

For the last nine 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 two games in the mountains of Appalachia battled it out for the Fans Game of the week.  The Parkersburg South vs. Parkersburg game in West Virginia squeaked by with a victory over the Cumberland, MD rivalry game of Fort Hill vs. Allegany, only 180 miles away.  Join the voting fun for Voter’s Rivalry Game of the Week HERE!

So far this season the Great American Rivalry has featured 97 games in 38 states and has passed out thousands of Champions Hats, hundreds of t-shirts and presented Scholar Athlete Awards, Hall of Fame Awards and MVP Awards to dozens of talented athletes.

Caesar Rodney (DE) vs. Dover (DE) – Nov. 13, 2015

RodneyDoverThe Great American Rivalry Series is proud to announce that it will feature the Delaware rivalry referred to as “The Civil War”  between crosstown rivals the Caesar Rodney Riders and the Dover Senators on Friday, November 13 in the Series’ thirteenth weekend of games for 2015. This game will be presented by the United States Marine Corps and will be played at Rider Stadium.  Like any good rivalry, the team records make no difference in this game. Both teams come in with losing records (the Riders are 2-8 and the Senators are 3-6), but one will come out of this game with a championship trophy and bragging rights. The Dover-CR series dates to 1935 and has been played continuously since 1961. While there’s been a couple gaps when the two teams didn’t play, the Senators own a slim 31-29-4 in the all-time series. Both teams have won state titles in the past with the Riders holding three titles and the Senators with two.  This year the only title will be 2015 Great American Rivalry Series Champion.

Radnor (PA) vs. Lower Merion (PA) – Nov. 14, 2015

RadnorLMThe Great American Rivalry Series is proud to announce that it will feature the historic 119 year old rivalry between neighboring township rivals the Radnor Red Raiders and the Lower Merion Aces on Saturday, November 14 in the Series’ thirteenth weekend of games for 2015. This game will be presented by the United States Marine Corps and will be played at Radnor High School’s home field. This is one of America’s oldest rivalry games with its first one being played in 1897. It is traditionally the last game of the season for these teams from neighboring in townships in Pennsylvania.  Up until the last 15 years, Lower Merion held the dominant upper hand in this rivalry. When the Aces won the 100th contest, a 27-20 victory in front of 6,000 fans at Arnold Field, Lower Merion held a 53-36-11 advantage. That game, which attracted national attention and was the final game of LM coach Rogers Frassenei’s career, ended when Lower Merion’s Kevin Dixon intercepted a pass in the end zone with 15 seconds left to preserve the win. When the inaugural Lower Merion-Radnor game was played (Oct. 26, 1897), neither team wore uniforms. Players cut the grass and lined the field before the game. Lower Merion (then known as Ardmore High School) won, 10-4. One of the attendees at the 1897 contest was Barney Fischer, who came to every Lower Merion-Radnor game until the late 1970s. Every year, he performed a ritual in which he rubbed a silver horseshoe on the shoulders of players and coaches to bring them luck.  Currently, the Aces hold the lead with a 56-51-11 record. The storied tradition will continue as the 6-4 Red Raiders will host the 2-8 Aces for the 2015 bragging rights.


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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.