The Great American Rivalry Series is back for its 19th season! For nearly two decades, the Great American Rivalry Series has celebrated the die-hard fans, long-standing traditions, and unforgettable moments that encapsulate the magic of high school football. This year is bigger and better than ever as the Rivalry Series travels coast-to-coast to visit over 70 games across 36 states, including historic games such as Massillon vs McKinley and Male vs Manual, two rivalries dating back to the 1890s. #GARS
Two Chicago football powerhouses, one bitter rivalry. First going head-to-head in 1924, there has been no love lost between the St. Rita Mustangs and Mt. Carmel Caravan. Fans have seen everything in this almost decade-long series; from blowouts handed by both teams, to a scoreless tie in 1936. The programs have a combined fifteen state championships, with the most recent going to Mt. Carmel in 2019. Last season’s game was one for the ages, with Mt. Carmel blocking a field goal and taking it 95 yards for a touchdown to take the lead with less than a minute left. This year’s game is sure to be another thriller, with Mt. Carmel aiming to keep the momentum from an exhilarating win, and St. Rita aiming to get their sweet revenge.
Known as the “Coffee Pot” game, this rivalry dates to 1926. Coffee County vs. Tullahoma played every year except for a two-year break during WWII. The rivalry began with the winning team tearing down the other team’s goalposts. Tullahoma leads the all-time series with 62 wins. Two schools only separated by 10 miles adds another level of intensity to a historic rivalry. Coffee County will be looking to bounce back after suffering a large defeat to Tullahoma last year.
“The Battle of the Bluefields” is not just a football game. It is a battle between state lines as well. This is one of the oldest and hotly contested rivalries in the country. Each year both communities come together to celebrate both communities. However, once game time hits, the community feeling is gone and now a level of competitiveness fills the air. Bluefield will look to take back the title this fall after suffering a 31-6 defeat at the hands of Graham.
Those around Thomasville, Georgia will tell you the Thomas Central vs. Thomasville game had its heyday in the 70s and 80s. Famous people played in this rivalry such as Eric Curry, Shawn Jones, Myron Guyton and Charlie Ward Jr. Thomas Central and Thomasville have a record of 9-6 favoring Thomas Central. Thomasville has been winning since 2020, nothing too dominant for Thomas Central to handle though with them winning recently too. The game will be super exciting and all in attendance will surely be happy to watch!
One of the oldest rivalries in Kalamazoo, Michigan, this rivalry never disappoints. Every year the stands are full to watch Kalamazoo Central and Loy Norrix do battle. Early in the rivalry’s history, Kalamazoo Central dominated but it has started to even out in recent years. Loy Norrix is looking to use their home field advantage this year to help them bounce back from a large defeat last season.
In one of the most historic and most heated rivalries in the state of Georgia, Warner Robins and Northside are set to square off once again for the 56th time. Warner Robins is coming off their 40th win in the series following last year’s 49-7 victory. These two schools, sitting just two miles apart, began their rivalry in 1964 in a shared field at McConnell-Talbert Stadium. With each endzone painted to reflect the colors of the Warner Robins Demons and the Northside Eagles, who will see their side end up victorious in this titanic clash?
In 2013, the Ankeny Community School District split into two, creating a new school, and forging a new rivalry. Friends were turned into foes, as teammates who had been playing together since they were young kids split into the Ankeny Hawks and the Ankeny Centennial Jaguars. Even though the teams share a football stadium that holds more than 7,000 fans, the rivalry is intense and so are the games. Ankeny Centennial has had the upper hand in the rivalry holding a 7-2 series lead; however, just two years ago, Ankeny won in dominate fashion, 42-0. The 10th rendition of the rivalry this year will be a good one as Ankeny hopes to continue their recent success, winning the state championship for the first time since 2012, and being the state runner up, over the past two seasons, respectfully. In the same light, Centennial looks to continue the head-to-head success they have had over their bitter rivals.
The Mission Viejo Diablos look to torch the competition in another fiery matchup against the Long Beach Poly Jackrabbits. Last year, the Diablos travelled to Long Beach where they immolated their rival, winning 42-14. Despite dropping this game, the Jackrabbits finished with a better regular season record and a deeper playoff run, advancing all the way to the regional finals where they were narrowly defeated by eventual champion Serra. Riding high off last season’s success and seeking revenge, the Jackrabbits certainly have this game marked on their calendar as they prepare to enter the furnace in Diablo Stadium on September 17th. Meanwhile, the boys over at Mission Viejo will look to stoke the flames of victory and keep their winning streak alive against Long Beach.
The Longview Lobos & Marshall Mavericks bring another exciting and historic state of Texas high school football rivalry game on September 2nd, 2022. Most know, but for those that don’t this football rivalry has spanned over 100 years, which makes it so historic. In recent years the Longview Lobos have successfully kept a winning streak against the Marshall Mavericks since the Fall of the 2016-2017 season. Will the Longview Lobos be able to keep the streak going or will the Mavericks be able to recover this year?
This year will be the 62nd meeting for the Crosstown Showdown. These two schools separated by a set of railroad tracks have a rivalry that dates back to 1961. Last season, Abilene Cooper won 31-14, which adds another victory to their all-time 36-24-1 series lead. Shotwell Stadium will be filled with fans North of the railroad track wearing black and gold while the fans South of the railroad track will be wearing their blue and red. Can Abilene Cooper extend their win streak to four straight wins, or will Abilene be able to conquer the showdown and walk away with a victory?
One of the best rivalries in Pittsburgh renews this fall at the home of the defending state champions Mt. Lebanon. They claimed the state title last season and had Coach Palko named the state coach of the year and the Dan Shula Nation Coach of the year for 2021. They are looking to continue their momentum this season and push for two straight titles. Bethel Park is looking to rebound from a 28-0 defeat in their opening game last season courtesy of Mt. Lebanon.
The Battle of Pistol Creek is set for its 94th edition this fall between Alcoa and Maryville. Both programs are considered the most dominant forces in Tennessee High School Football. Alcoa Coach Gary Rankin is the all-time winningest coach in Tennessee High School History and has 12 state championships with Alcoa. Maryville coach Derek Hunt has two state championships and only 4 loss in 5 seasons at Maryville. In the series, Maryville holds the edge with a 64-25 record and has won 9 of the last 10 meetings.
One of the best games every year, the Trojans and Giants meet again in the MIC conference battle. Center Grove, the two-time defending state champs riding a 30-game win streak into Giants stadium to face a bitter rival. Ben Davis, ranked 6 spots behind Center Grove in the state rankings, looks to bounce back from a 45-21 loss last season.
The Bell Game is a timeless California classic, having been played between the Apple Valley Sun Devils and the Victor Valley Jackrabbits for half a century. Recency has favored the Sun Devils, who extended their winning streak to ten years after last season’s 59-0 rout of their rivals. However, like Icarus who flew too close to the sun, the boys at Apple Valley fell short to Serra in the state championship after a stellar regular season. The flames of revenge are burning, and one can only assume the Sun Devils have their eyes locked on making it back to the title game. With any luck, the Jackrabbits can stifle their rival’s championship aspirations and perhaps make it to the game themselves. After a lackluster 7-6 season, the motivation Victor Valley needs to succeed may just come on September 4th if they can paint Jackrabbit Green on the Bell.
Beaumont vs Banning is a historic high school football rivalry and is one of the oldest rivalries in California. With a rivalry beginning in 1934, each side has periods of dominance in their rivalry. The last time the Great American Rivalry Series was present, Beaumont beat Banning 59-0. This year the crowd will be roaring to see who takes home “The Wheel”, a plaque on an old trophy that is passed to whoever wins the game and the next, and bragging rights being the 2022 Great American Rivalry series winner for the Banning at Beaumont game.
The Holy Bowl is back under the Great American Rivalry Series lights & cameras again. The two teams have been playing each other since 1969, said that each had the best offense and defense in the area they decided to pit the teams against each other to see who is better and bring the community together for a wonderful rivalry. The rivalry even created a smaller rivalry for two teams that serve as feeder teams for Christian Brothers & Jesuit, dubbed the “Junior Halo Bowl”. In the 2020 matchup, the Jesuit Marauders took the victory in a closely contested battle 33-28. In the following year of 2021, the Marauders ensured the game wouldn’t be as close as the score was in 2020, by decisively ending the game with a score of 44-0. Jesuit will be hosting Christian Brothers this year for their 51st rivalry meeting, which will surely be exciting to watch!
In 1997, Hilliard High School split to form Hilliard Davidson and Hilliard Darby. This split also gave birth to one of the fiercest rivalries in Ohio. Davidson currently holds a 9-5 advantage in the series and looks to avenge a loss at home last season. Darby looks to build on their win to get one step back to evening the rivalry.
It’s time once again for the annual “Turf Wars” between the historic rivals of the Roswell Hornets and the Milton Eagles. First played in 1950, these two communities began as small farming communities but have since sprouted into quickly expanding communities entrenched in suburbia. Even with the communities growing around them, these two football powerhouses sit less than 4 miles away from each other and this heated rivalry only continues to get bigger as each year goes by. Milton are coming off a regular season region championship season with the win over Roswell being the defining moment between the two. Will the revenge seeking Roswell Hornets be able to defeat the Milton Eagles, or will Milton continue where they left off last season?
Two historic titans of Alabama high school football set up to clash once again this fall with an introduction into a new era for the Hoover Buccaneers and the Vestavia Hills Rebels. In one of the country’s largest long-time rivalries, dating back to 1972, this game has had huge implications for state championships. This being seen by these the winner of the regular season game going on to be region champions every year except 2013 and 2015 during a stretch between 1990 and 2015. This rivalry takes on a new twist this year as both schools enter new eras with new coaches at the helm. Coach Wade Waldrop takes over as head football coach for Hoover and Coach Robert Evans takes over as head football coach for Vestavia Hills, both now set to face off against one another and stamp their own mark in history. The Buccaneers have dominated the series since the turn of the century and look to record a sixth straight win with the Rebels’ last victory coming in 2015. Will Hoover and last year’s MVP, Ahmari Williams, be able to claim another victory, or will a new face emerge to help Vestavia Hills get back to winning ways?
Dating back to 1972, this is one of the most intense rivalries in Mississippi. This series has seen everything from blowouts, to nail-biters, to ties, as the Lafayette Commodores own the series lead 26-23-2, with only 13 points separating the teams all time. However, the Oxford Chargers have won eight out of the last ten matchups and are hoping to even up the series. Last season saw the commodores take home the win, for the first time in five years, in an exciting game. This year is sure to be another thriller, as Lafayette hopes to build a winning streak and Oxford hopes to bounce back and take down their rival.
A battle between the two oldest schools in Lawton, Oklahoma, these bitter rivals hold nothing back when they meet on the field. Fans pack the stadium every year for a game that is so crazy that the teams stay on their own side of the field and do no not cross during the game. Last season, we saw the Eisenhower Eagles take down the Lawton Wolverines for the first time since 2008, with a commanding 59-23 win. This year’s edition of the rivalry should be intense as Lawton hopes to bounce back, and Eisenhower looks to build a winning streak.
We would like to welcome the North Bend Bulldogs and Marshfield Pirates to the Great American Rivalry Series for the very first time in what is sure to be an electric matchup. The Pirates are coming off an immaculate season in which they posted an undefeated record, capped off by a dominant win in the 4A state championship. The Bulldogs experienced their fair share of struggles last season after finishing 2-7, including a resounding 55-6 loss against Marshfield. The Pirates have the wind in their sails as they enter this matchup, while the Bulldogs will take the meaning of “underdog” to a new level as they clash on September 26th.
Known as the Erie Bell Rivalry, the match between Port Jervis and Middletown starts again this Fall. This heated rivalry goes back over 120 years. The game this Fall will be the 144th meeting of the two teams. Middletown had a dominating era during 2014 until a 14-7 loss in 2021 but bounced back by playing Port Jervis again and winning. Last year the game truly had fans on the edge of their seats. Middletown won, but only by 1 point shocking plenty of fans, an end score of 34-33. With such a historic and tense rivalry this year will surely be exciting for everyone in attendance.
The game between these two schools never disappoints. Despite Pottsville’s continued success in the rivalry with a 14-4 record since 2004, the game between Blue Mountain and Pottsville is always hotly contested. These two cross town rivals meet in one of the biggest games in each of their seasons. Blue Mountain travels to Pottsville this fall looking to end a 5-game losing streak.,
This heavyweight matchup between two powerhouse Texas high school football programs make their first appearance within the Great American Rivalry Series. This series has gone back and forth almost every year since its inception shown by Klein Collins having a marginal edge in terms of wins in the series by a count of 11-7. These two schools are set to face off under the lights on September 23rd in a contest that has seen multiple NFL talents play within the game. Last year saw Klein Collins defeat Klein Oak by a score of 20-10. Will Klein Collins be able to stay in their winning ways or will Klein Oak take revenge for last year’s defeat?
Two football powerhouses in Missouri’s 6th Class, at least one of these two programs have played in the state final the past five years, combining for four championships. These division foes play yearly, and often find themselves in a rematch in the postseason. Just last season, the Christian Brother College Cadets took down the De Smet Spartans in both matchups, on the way to their fourth state championship, in a season where they only lost once. This season, De Smet looks to get back on track and take down their division rival while working to make it back to the state final that they played in the two years before. There is always a lot at stake when these two teams take the field, and it will be no different story when they meet this season.
These schools have been rivals since 1965 when the first game was played. They play within the same football conference and the outcome of the game usually has large playoff implications. Eastern Alamance won last season’s contest by a score of 41-20. Western Alamance looks to rebound this season and defend their home turf when the rivalry resumes.
Since the first game in 1956, this has been one of the biggest games, not just in high school sports, but in all athletics in the city of Louisville, and is considered to be the biggest high school football rivalry in Kentucky. The game is held annually in Louisville’s Cardinal Stadium, only being played at the schools two times (most recently in 2020 due to Covid-19). These bitter rivals are powerhouses in Kentucky’s class 6A and are consistently ranked nationally. The Trinity Shamrocks have won 27 state championships, most recently going back-to-back in 2019-2020; meanwhile, the St. X Tigers have won 15 state championships, including last season, 2021, where they finished the year 14-1. Last year’s game saw the Tigers beat the Shamrocks for the first time since 2018, thanks to a late-game touchdown, with a final score of 35-28. This season will mark the 88th time that the two teams have met, as Trinity looks to bounce back from a disappointing year in 2021, and St. X looks to build on last season’s dominance.
When two of the best teams in the state meet, it is always a big game. This rivalry took off in 201 when Lynden won three straight state titles and Sedro-Woolley gaining state recognition. Since then, every game has been close with it coming down to the fourth quarter each year. Lynden looks to defend their home turf and continue their winning ways after beating Sedro-Woolley 14-6 last season.
Saturday, September 24th, will be circled on many calendars as one of the oldest rivalries in the nation is set to be played once again. Utica Proctor is on a five-game win streak after winning last year’s game 52-18 over Rome Free. Bringing tradition and new excitement each year, this game is nothing short of being one the greatest football rivalries in the country. This rivalry dating back to the early 1900’s when they used to play with leather helmets, fans of each team would recall that there is a lot of pride, but not a lot of padding when these two schools square off against one another. With these two titans of high school football set to face off once again, will Utica Proctor continue their winning ways or will Rome Free be able to end the streak and get back to winning ways?
Idaho Falls and Skyline look to face off for the 58th time in the Emotion Bowl. The first match up between these two schools being in 1966 when Skyline broke off from Idaho Falls. Once the schools split up, it only left one football field in the town, which started one of the biggest football rivalries in the state of Idaho. Skyline still leads the series with a record of 34-23 after Idaho Falls broke up a seven-year win streak last year. The school spirit leading up to game day helps bring all the hype around this game while students decorate the football field, both sides of the stands, and even their school to cheer on their football team. With not a seat in the stadium, what school will be able to paint the goal post their school colors on September 24th when Idaho Falls and Skyline face off yet again?
“The Battle of the Birds” resumes this year between Great Crossing and Scott County. The first game was played in 2019. Both schools are in Scott County and play at the Birds Nest Stadium which made its debut in 2019. Scott County is consistently one of the best programs in the state. Last season, the Battle of the Birds came down to the end where Scott County squeaked out a win 14-6 against their rivals. Upstart Great Crossing looks for revenge and the chance to get their first win against their rival this fall.
This annual game, known as the “Civil War”, began in 1972 and is considered to be the biggest event of the year for students at both schools. This rivalry between the Toms River North Mariners and the Toms River South Indians has a rich history, with South winning 20 of the first 21 matchups, and North narrowing the gap after dominating the rivalry for over a decade, with an overall record of 27-23-1 in favor of South. Last year the Mariners took home the victory in convincing fashion, 28-6. This season’s game is shaping up to be a good one, as North looks to build a winning streak against their rivals, and South looks to get back to their winning ways and expand on their series lead.
Last year the historic Key Game between the cross-town rivals was possibly the most memorable ever. A back-and-forth battle seemingly had the teams in a stalemate, before Hesperia strung together a late game-clinching drive that culminated in a touchdown in the final seconds, lifting the Scorpions to a one-point victory. The win allowed Hesperia to keep the coveted City Key in black and gold for a third straight year and placed them only two games behind Sultana in all-time head to head record. You can be assured that the Key Game remains circled on every player’s calendar. Regardless of record, the September 30th matchup between the Sultans and Scorpions will be the most exciting game of the season.
One of the biggest football rivalries in the football hotbed of Northwest Louisiana is set to kick off once again this season as the Neville Tigers travel to the Ruston Bearcats. This matchup of titanic rivals has faced off against one another since the opening of Neville in 1931. This game has gone back and forth year after year, shown by Neville’s slight lead in series of 50-42-3. This talent filled matchup comes after Neville’s thrilling victory in 2021 where they pulled off the win by a score of 27-24. Will Ruston make up for last year’s shortcomings or will Neville take revenge on their home turf?
Being the original, and oldest, high schools in Green Bay, Green Bay East and West were founded in 1856 and 1890, respectively. Before the rivalry started and teams were formed, there was an informal game in 1895 that ended in an 8-8 tie. One year later, in 1896, East organized a football team, followed by West in 1898. The first official meeting between the Green Bay East Red Devils and the Green Bay West Wildcats took place in 1905, and they have played annually since (minus 1906 when the game was cancelled, and 2020 when the game was postponed), making it the longest running consecutively played high school football rivalry in Wisconsin. The series has been tight, with East leading overall 63-50-3. These games have included blowouts, nail bitters, and everything in between with attendance that has sometimes been higher than Packers’ game. Last year’s game was very close, with a final score of 14-13, and all the points coming in the fourth quarter, ending with Green Bay West winning for the first time since 2014. This year is the 117th installment of the game, and should be an entertaining one, as West looks to build a winning streak, and East hopes to get back to their winning ways.
This heated matchup between South Carolina high school football powerhouses is set to kick off once again as the Easley Green Wave travel to face the Pickens Blue Flame. This rivalry dates back to 1923 and has had plenty of history intertwined into their matchups to fuel each of their future matchups. Following a dramatic 38-37 by Pickens in 2020, Easley took revenge by winning last year’s matchup by a score of 42-14. Will Pickens get back to winning ways in this rivalry in 2022 or will Easley follow up their dominant win last year with another one this year?
Known as the Battle of 377, these two teams first met in 1937, and this season marks the 81st installment of the rivalry. There is a lot of history within these programs, as they have combined to win 13 state championships. The Brownwood Lions have the lead in the series with a 46-32-2 overall record; however, the Stephenville Yellowjackets have won the past two matchups, including last year’s 63-7 drubbing on their way to an undefeated season that ended with a state championship. This season’s game is sure to be entertaining, as the Lions look to get back in control of the series and the Yellowjackets hope to continue their recent dominance.
Considered the oldest rivalry West of the Mississippi river, these schools have been playing since 1892. “The Bell Game” draws one of the largest crowds with roughly 15,000 people regularly. Pueblo Centennial is looking to rebound from a 42-0 loss last season. The 122nd meeting is taking place this fall with Centennial as the hosts.
The Bowie Bulldogs & Eleanor Roosevelt Raiders, a historic state of Maryland high school football rivalry since 1976 will play against each other again on October 7th, 2022. The Bowie Bulldogs have beaten the Eleanor Roosevelt Raiders since the Fall of the 2019-2020 season. This came after losing to the Raiders in the 2018-2019 season but came back in 2019 to play the Raiders twice and were able beat them each time. Will the Bowie Bulldogs be able to keep their winning streak, or will the Eleanor Roosevelt Raiders be able to recover this year?
The “Akron Holy War” resumes this fall as one of the games to remember year in and year out in the state of Ohio. Records go out the window when this game rolls around because each team shows up to play. The first meeting occurred in 1959 making this one of the oldest rivalries in the state. Archbishop pounced all over St. Vincent-St. Mary last season and look to continue their success at home this fall.
A rivalry that has been brewing since 1982, the Central Dauphin Rams & Cumberland Valley Eagles, an exciting state of Pennsylvania high school football rivalry will play against each other once again on October 7th, 2022. The Rams lost last season to the Eagles with a score of 24-17 but have previously kept a winning streak against the Eagles from 2017 to 2021. Will the Rams be able to recover from their loss last year or will the Eagles win again?
Two of the country’s perennial football powerhouses are set to face off against each other in another heated iteration of the “Winnersville Classic.” This rivalry began being played in 1968 following the opening of Lowndes high school. Lowndes currently sits on a five game winning streak over Valdosta; however, Valdosta holds the series lead with 37 wins to Lowndes’ 23. Valdosta, the nation’s all-time leader in wins, looks to get back to winning ways and snap Valdosta’s winning streak. Will this happen or will Lowndes continue their streak of dominance? Tune in on October 7th to find out!
One of the longest running football rivalries in Illinois, the Geneva Vikings and Batavia Bulldogs have battled it out over 100 times since the first meeting in 1913. Each team has gone through a stretch of dominance in the series, with Geneva winning nineteen in a row from 1967-1985, and Batavia currently on an eleven-game streak, winning each matchup dating back to 2011; however, the all-time record is still in favor of Geneva at 51-47-5. This year, the 104th matchup, is shaping up to be a good one, as Geneva hopes to break their losing streak and Batavia looks to continue their reign of dominance.
Two top ten power houses meet in this rivalry game. Last season, No. 1 Bergen Catholic overcame an early 10-0 deficient to defeat No. 7 St. Joseph. These two schools are perennially two of the top teams in the state and always pack the stands for a competitive game. A game that draws college scouts, fans, and just casual observers alike, sends all away satisfied with an exceptional battle on the gridiron.
One of the best known and fiercest high school rivalries in North Carolina is taking action once again this coming weekend as the Pisgah Bears take on the Tuscola Mountaineers in the “Haywood County Championship.” These schools located less than 9 miles apart from each other began their rivalry in 1966. The Pisgah Bears are currently riding a 9-game winning streak over the Tuscola Mountaineers following last year’s thrilling 21-20 victory. Will last year’s MVP, Caden Robinson, be able to repeat last year’s performance for another Pisgah win, or will a new face emerge for Tuscola to break up the streak and begin one of their own?
Sachem North & the Patchogue-Medford Raiders, an exciting state of New York high school football rivalry will play against each other once again on October 14th, 2022. Sachem North in the 2021 season beat the Raiders 27-0. With a back-and-forth win/loss against the Raiders, one could just guess the team that lost last year will win again, but each team has been progressing in skill which will surely be exciting to see who comes out on top this Fall.
Being one of the most dominant programs in the country, the St. Thomas Aquinas Raiders get the best shot from every team that they face off with. They first met with the Ft. Lauderdale Flying L’s in 2015, and have a 6-0 record in the series, playing each year until 2019. After two years off, the teams are meeting on the gridiron for the seventh time, and it is sure to be a battle. Even with the lopsided record, the game does not mean any less to Ft. Lauderdale, and they are sure to be fired up for this matchup as they aim to upset the preseason number 5 team in the country, and St. Thomas Aquinas hopes to prove to everyone why they are so highly ranked.
Two of the top 6A teams in the state meet again this fall! After last years intense quarterfinal match where Lakeville South pulled it out by a score of 42-28, the Sabers of Shakopee are coming for blood. These teams often meet in the state quarterfinals, this is a rare treat to see them in regular season action. Lakeville South looks to win its fourth straight against the Sabers this October.
On the outskirts of Kansas City, two schools that are separated by only 4 miles have an intense rivalry that is roaring into the season. Last year, this game was a slugfest that had no shortage of points, as the Blue Springs Wildcats took down the Blue Springs South Jaguars 49-35. This game is always a fight, but the Wildcats have owned the Jaguars as of late and have the advantage in the series with a record of 19-7. As always, this game will be a slugfest on the gridiron, as Blue Springs South hopes to reverse their luck and takedown their rivals, and Blue Springs hopes to continue their reign of dominance.
Dating back to 1892, not only is this the oldest football rivalry in Maine, it is also one of the oldest in the country. These two teams duke it out every season for the coveted trophy, the Boot. Cony has been in control as of late, winning the last four in the series, and has the better overall record, 76-58-10. The past two meetings have been a little weird, after the 2019 season was lost to Covid, the 2020 game was played in a 7-on-7 format, and last year’s game was in the preseason. However, that does not mean that these games meant any less to either team. After their 40-6 victory, a senior from Cony said “That boot, that means just as much as it ever has. If not more, because we had to put in the work to come back here and return with a bang”. Going into the 145th edition of the rivalry, the Gardiner Tigers look to get back on track and break their losing streak to their rivals, as the Cony Rams look to continue their recent success.
The first game between the schools was played in 1959 and it has been competitive since then. Page dominated the early editions of the series and still leads the series 47-14-3. Recently, Grimsley has been playing great football and won last season’s matchup 52-22. An interesting side note, each edition has been played at Jameison Stadium when Grimsley plays their home games.
Considered one of the best rivalries in Michigan sports, Grosse Point South vs. Grosse Point North is always an intense game. Two schools that are only separated by less than five miles divide the city for one night. Fans pack the stands to watch the two schools compete in an end of the year showdown. The game is always meaningful and always a competitive matchup. Grosse Point North looks to defend home turf and regain bragging rights in this fall’s showdown.
These two St. Louis powerhouses renew their rivalry this fall. These two schools are bitter rivals and often time have games go to down to the wire. East St. Louis is looking to build of their win last season at home, 32-17. De Smet plays hosts to their crosstown rivals looking to get a game back in the series and bring home the bragging rights.
One of the most heated and competitive rivalries in the country, Mona Shores and Muskegon produced one of the best games of the season. Both teams are extremely successful, which creates an incredible atmosphere. Mona Shores won two seasons agon enroute to an undefeated state championship season. Muskegon got revenge last year by winning by 21 points. These schools are predicted to both have very good teams again this season with this rivalry game circled on their calendars.
“The Battle of Arroyo” returns this fall between San Benito and Harlingen. One of the most competitive rivalries in the state of Texas, this game always draws a large crowd. Harlingen is currently on a three-game win streak in the series and looks to continue their streak when the host San Benito this fall.
Two storied programs will once again clash on the gridiron in the Battle for the Bell. The Edison Chargers come into the matchup following last year’s dominant 51-point shutout over the Fountain Valley Barons. The Barons will look to correct course after last year’s tumultuous season where they posted a 1-9 record, while the Chargers will try to keep the spark alive after an up-and-down season that saw them post a respectable 8-4 line. Records aside, all eyes will be fixed on the Bell on October 21st, as the Barons host the Chargers and try to secure the trophy that’s remained with Edison for nearly two decades.
Separated by only 3.5 miles, this 100-year rivalry was voted as the best in the state of New York. One coach described the traffic on gameday as being on Long Island. The whole community comes out to celebrate the two schools and the game between them. Lancaster has had recent dominance in the series, winning 11of the last 17 dating back to 2004. Depew hosts this year’s contest and looks to get back in the win column.
Two schools that are separated by only a few miles creates an intense and natural rivalry that extends beyond the turf. Farmingdale and Massapequa have been playing each other for 18 years along Long Island, NY. Farmingdale holds the overall record of 17-7; however, Massapequa have recently regained a footing in the series winning 4 of the last 6 meetings. The Chiefs host the Dalers this fall where Massapequa looks to gain another one back in the series after last season’s 35-7 victory.
Two schools separated by just over an hour in the Northwest creates an intense, and competitive rivalry. Rutland took the game last fall by a score of 49-14. Rutland and Hartford’s game usually has playoff implications as well since they do share a conference. Hartford looks to rebound as they host this seasons game.
For over 100 years, McKinley and Massillon have battled it out on the field. The schools are only eight short miles apart in what is considered “The PLACE” for high school football in Northeast Ohio. McKinley and Massillon have combined for over 36 large-school championships and 11 national titles which makes anytime these rivals get together, there will be some fireworks. The series started in 1984. Massillon holds the edge 74-53 over McKinley. McKinley looks to avenge their loss last season when they travel to Massillon this fall.
These two cross town rivals meet again this fall! This game is traditionally played around the Thanksgiving Holiday, brings together two of the best teams in the state. East Stroudsburg and Stroudsburg meet every year to play for the “Lil Brown Jug” that goes to the winning team. East Stroudsburg looks to make it seven straight wins against their rival this November.
With Sue Cleveland opening in 2009 after overcrowding at Rio Rancho, one of New Mexico’s greatest football rivalries was born. These schools sitting only five miles apart fight for “The City Trophy” every year and the bragging rights that come with it in the town of Rio Rancho. Sue Cleveland, on a five-year win streak, looks to keep the streak alive while Rio Rancho looks to break it up and start a streak of their own. Does Rio Rancho have what it takes with Sue Cleveland coming off an undefeated season in 2021 and having defeated them in the 6A State Championship? Friday, October 28th brings all the excitement!
Since the “Battle of Chester” began in 1980, the rivalry between Thomas Dale and LC Bir, separated by just six miles, is led in the all-time series by LC Bird. The Skyhawks have consistently been crowned the champions until an upset in 2017, when the Knights dominated in a 36-6 victory. The Knights look to continue their late success and make it four in a row this year in one of Virginia’s fiercest rivalries.
From the town of Turtle Pennsylvania, Penn Hills and Woodland Hills continue in one of the state’s biggest games. After a five-year hiatus, the series resumed in 2020. This coming season is to be the first one with fans in attendance since 2019. The rivalry, which is historically competitive, had an amazing game last season with Penn Hills winning by a point. Woodland Hills looks to use their home field advantage to regain the bragging rights this fall.
One of the most heated games in Northern California, Napa and Vintage, never disappoints. Napa leads the all-time series 29-19-2, but just recently had their 12-game win streak snapped by Vintage. Vintage came out swinging last season en-route to a 70-7 victory. Now with home field advantage, they go for two straight victories against their rival.
Another intense Florida rivalry takes place in Lakeland, Florida located just east of Tampa. Kathleen was dominant early on but recently, Lakeland has dominated their series. They took the last season matchup by a score of 41-14. Kathleen looks to “righten the ship” and use their home crowd to take control once again of the rivalry.
This heated rivalry pitting two football powerhouses from Gwinnett County against one another is set to is set to be battled out once again out on the gridiron. This intense rivalry more often than not will be the defining game that decides who will end up as region champions. Both coaches, Philip Jones and Eric Godfree, are graduates of the high schools that they are now at the helms of and know the impact that this rivalry has. These rivals sitting less than seven miles had their rivalry begin in 1982 with Brookwood holding the series record with 23 wins to Parkview’s 16. With playoff implications sure to be in play, this year’s “The Battle of Five Forks-Trickum” is set to be one of the best high school football games of the season.
For the last 129 years, “The Old Rivalry” has established itself as one of the top rivalries in all of high school football. These two powerhouses have battled it out on the gridiron 139 times, with the Male Bulldogs enjoying a commanding 88-45-6 record in the series. Male is currently riding a seven game winning streak in the series and will be looking to keep “The Barrel” when the Great American Rivalry Series returns to Louisville this fall.
The battle for the “Football for Freedom” Trophy resumes this fall in Pennsylvania. Dallastown looks to build off their win from last season when they defended their home turf and won 41-14. The Wildcats used a big third quarter to pull away. Red Lion looks to use their homefield advantage and claim back the trophy and the bragging rights.
The Poly Engineers & City College Black Knights, a very historic state of Maryland high school football rivalry will play against each other once again on October 29th. This rivalry is nearly as old as football itself. The rivalry began in 1889 when the Black Knights met the Engineers. The Black Knights dominated the rivalry in the beginning, but the Engineers have been winning the rivalry since. The Engineers lost twice to the Black Knights last season but nearly won in the 2nd game. With such a historic and exciting rivalry, crowds will be filled with enthusiasm to see who wins this year.
The end zones will read the name of either school or fans of both will pack the stadium. Homefield advantage? No one. Bragging rights? Only one. The 100th installment of the rivalry will conclude the regular season for the Fort Hill Sentinels and the Allegany Campers for the 87th time in series history. Last year’s victory over Allegany extended Fort Hill’s current win streak over Allegany to 16 games and marked their 63rd triumph in the series.
Known as the “Battle of the Bell”, these two schools located in Washington provide one of the best games in the Pacific Northwest. Mt. Spokane traveled on the road last season and took the victory 38-24. Mead looking to regain the bragging rights, travels to Mt. Spokane this fall when the series resumes.
The Battle for the Lil’ Brown Jug resumes the fall in the great state of Mississippi. Last season, this series played its 100th game where Laurel High School scored half a century worth of points in a 50-0 win. This is Mississippi’s longest continuously played high school game. This game draws one of the largest crowds of the season and brings out former alumni along with fans of football. The story of the Lil Brown Jug originated from opposing fans betting a jar of moonshine on the outcome of the game. Another story is that the game stole it from the Minnesota-Michigan rivalry who played for a jug 19 years before this rivalry started. No matter which story you believe in, you must see this game. Hattiesburg looks to take the jug back this season when they host this historic rivalry.
“The Battle of Arizona Avenue” is one of the most talked about rivalries in the state of Arizona with these two powerhouses sitting less than 4 miles from one another. This heated rivalry received a massive boost back in 1999 when former NFL star, Terrell Suggs, transferred from Chandler to Hamilton. Hamilton would start the rivalry by winning 17 times in a row until they lost in 2013. This gave Chandler high hopes as they would win the next 7 matchups versus the Huskies, while one of these wins came during the State Championship. In most of these match ups, both teams are ranked high in the overall country ranks, making each player and coach want to prove their spot not only within Arizona, but the country. Thursday, November 10th, will be the 30th time that these teams will match up. Following a victorious 2021 season against Chandler, Hamilton wants to bring the streak back home so they can continue to hold the name as the best on Arizona Avenue for another year.
During the year, everyone in the city of Mesa is friendly to one another, except for one day, when lines are drawn, and these two teams face off in “The Battle of the Brown Road.” Some residents may say it’s a friendly rivalry, while many others think not. These student athletes grow up together and play on the same youth teams, but that is set in the past as they represent their school and desire bragging rights over the others for the next year. Red Mountain is coming off a decisive game last year where they defeated Mountain View 20-3 and hold the bragging rights that come with it. Each year, these two teams fight until the final whistle is blown, so get excited as another iteration of “The Battle of Brown Road” is coming on November 10th.