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!
Thomas Dale @ LC Bird
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.
Penn Hills @ Woodland Hills
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.
Napa @ Vintage
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.
Lakeland @ Kathleen
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.
Brookwood @ Parkview
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.
Manual @ Male
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 13 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.
Dallastown @ Red Lion
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.
Balt Poly @ Balt City
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.
Allegany @ Fort Hill
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.
Mead @ Mount Spokane
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.