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September 1, 2010

This week, the Great American Rivalry Series highlights games in Atlanta and Cincinnati.

Friday, September 3, 7:30pm EST
Tucker vs. Marist
Gates open at 6:00pm at Marist’s Hughes Spalding Stadium as longtime rivals the Tucker Tigers and the Marist War Eagles take the field for Week 2 of the 2010 Series. Upwards of 5000 fans are expected to come out and pack the stands to witness Georgia football at its best. This tradition rich, annual rumble dates back to 1990. The Tigers lead the series 11-8, but the average margin of victory is only three points. These teams are arguably the two most successful programs in Georgia Class AAAA, both winning numerous region titles and state championships.

Friday, September 3, 7:30pm EST
Colerain vs. Elder
In Cincinnati, the Colerain Cardinals and the Elder Panthers take the field at Colerain’s stadium. Gates open at 6:00pm with 7-10,000 fans expected to come out and pack the stands to witness Cincinnati high school football at its finest. This annual match-up dates back to 1995, with seven out of 10 meetings coming in the State Playoffs. Elder won last year’s contest –which was broadcast live on ESPN–by a score of 20-7 and leads the series in victories 6-4.

The winning team will earn bragging rights as well as the coveted Great American Rivalry Series Champion trophy, presented on field by a United States Marine. The game’s Most Valuable Player is also named by media in attendance, and the Series awards the top student-athlete from each school a college scholarship.

Colerain’s scholarship winner is senior center Alexander Ehrenschwender, son of Bob and Anna Stephanopolis Ehrenschwender. Lex is a letterman in football and track, and is a member of the National Honor Society and Student Senate. Elder’s winner is senior linebacker Jake Lindsey, son of Ron and Carolyn Lindsey. Jake is a 3-year starter for the varsity squad and is president of the student body.

For many seniors, this may be the last big game of their high school career and the climax of their “Glory Days.” But for two alumni, Elder’s Mark Miller and Colerain’s Greg Tabar, the spotlight will shine again as they are inducted into the Great American Rivalry Series Hall of Fame during a halftime ceremony, honoring their past performance in this historic rivalry.

Students and fans are also encouraged to compete on behalf of their school by taking the Rivalry Series United States Marine Corps Chin-up Challenge. The school completing the most chin-ups will be awarded the Chin-up Challenge trophy, presented by the Marines during the game.

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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.