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.
Warner Robins at Northside
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?
Long Beach Poly at Mission Viejo
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.
Ankeny Centennial at Ankeny
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 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.
Marshall at Longview
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?
Abilene Cooper at Abilene
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?
Bethel Park at Mount Lebanon
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.