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.
Eastern Alamance at Western Alamance
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.
Klein Oak at Klein Collins
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?
Sedro-Wooley at Lynden
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.
Trininty at St. Xavier
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.
Idaho Falls at Skyline
(Saturday, Sept. 24th)
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?
Rome Free Academy at Utica Proctor
(Saturday, Sept. 24th)
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?