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Week 14: Game 100 – The Island Cup – Last Series Game of the Season

November 17, 2015

FootballWeek Fourteen has one game remaining, the final game and the 100th game of the 2015 Great American Rivalry Series. It has been an amazing season and it will end with a traditional rivalry game on an island off the coast of Massachusetts this weekend.

Rivalry team members will be on Nantucket Island on Saturday to finish off the 2015 season.

So far this season the Great American Rivalry has featured 99 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.

Nantucket (MA) vs. Martha’s Vineyard (MA) – Nov. 21, 2015

NantucketMVHelmetsThe Great American Rivalry Series is proud to announce that it will feature the historic Island Cup rivalry between the Nantucket Whalers and the Martha’s Vineyard Vineyarders on Saturday, November 21 in the Series’ fourteenth and final weekend of games for 2015. This game will be presented by Muscle Milk and will be played at Nantucket High School’s home field.  Every year, the Whalers and Vineyarders vie for the Island Cup on the weekend before Thanksgiving. Martha’s Vineyard is seven miles off-shore, while Nantucket is 30 miles out.  The distance between each island’s closest point is 12 miles. MuscleMilk300The Island Cup is played on Nantucket one year then on Martha’s Vineyard the next year and continually switches back and forth. The rivalry began in 1960 and after last year’s Vineyarders’ 21-7 win, Nantucket still holds a 35-29 lead in the series with three ties.  However, Martha’s Vineyard has dominated the last decade, winning 11 straight and have retained the Island Cup since 2003. The winner keeps the Island Cup trophy until the following game. The 2012 game resulted in a 27-26 loss for Nantucket. In 2014, Nantucket went 8-3, losing to eventual Division 6 Super Bowl champ Cohasset in the state quarterfinals.  Martha’s Vineyard started 1-5, but finished 6-5 after winning five straight, including the Island Cup, which they won 21-7. Going into the 68th game in this series, the Whalers have an 8-2 record and are 7-0 in their league. The Vineyarders are 7-4 overall, but only 1-3 in league play.


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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.