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?
Patchogue-Medford @ Sachem North
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.
Fort Lauderdale @ St. Thomas Aquinas
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.
Shakopee @ Lakeville South
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.
Blue Springs South @ Blue Springs
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.
Cony @ Gardiner
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.
St. Joseph Regional @ Bergen Catholic
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.