Week #4

September 8 – September 9

Prior Lake @ Shakopee


The gridiron showdown between the Shakopee Sabers and the Prior Lake Lakers is set to ignite on September 8th, 2023, as these bitter rivals clash once again in what promises to be an electrifying contest. This storied rivalry, which has been a local spectacle since at least 2004, will take place at the hallowed Shakopee High School Football Field, where the Sabers will look to close the gap in the all-time series.
With the Lakers currently leading the series 12-3, the Sabers are eager to turn the tide and make a statement on their home turf. The previous encounter between these two teams showcased the fierce competition that defines this matchup. Last year’s game saw Prior Lake nail a 33-yard field goal, only to be answered by a stunning kickoff return for a touchdown by Shakopee. In a battle of strength and determination, the Sabers amassed 296 total yards, with an impressive 228 rushing yards, while the Lakers notched 167 total yards, predominantly on the ground.
As the 20th season of the Great American Rivalry Series, this game holds a special significance for both teams. Rick Ford, founder and CEO of the series, stated, “The Shakopee vs Prior Lake rivalry has been a cornerstone of our program for two decades, exemplifying the passion and intensity of high school football. This year’s clash promises to be a historic battle that showcases the essence of what makes Friday nights under the lights so special.”
The stage is set for an enthralling encounter, and the stands are expected to be packed with approximately 2000 passionate fans, fueling the energy of this fierce rivalry. The Sabers, led by their mascot, will be roaring with hometown pride, while the Lakers, embodying their namesake, will be ready to make waves on the field.
In a rivalry that has seen its fair share of heart-stopping moments, both teams are primed to leave it all on the gridiron. Will Prior Lake maintain their dominance over the Sabers, or will Shakopee rise to the occasion and rewrite the history books? Be there to witness the action and experience the unbridled excitement of high school football. We Know Friday Nights.

Victor Valley @ Apple Valley


The gridiron clash between the Apple Valley Sundevils and the Victor Valley Jackrabbits is set to reverberate through Newton T. Bass Stadium on September 8th. This storied rivalry, known as the Bell Game, will mark the 54th meeting between these two spirited teams and is a highly anticipated matchup in the 20th season of the Great American Rivalry Series.

Since its inception in 1969, the Bell Game has showcased the fierce competition and unwavering school spirit that defines high school football rivalries. A crowd of 7,000 passionate fans will converge upon Newton T. Bass Stadium, eager to witness this clash under the Friday night lights.

Rick Ford, the founder and CEO of the Great American Rivalry Series, expressed his excitement, saying, “This desert matchup between Apple Valley and Victor Valley for community pride and bragging rights encapsulates the essence of high school football. It is only right that we have them be a part of our 20th Great American Rivalry Series!”

Last year, the Sundevils dominated the Jackrabbits with a resounding 48-6 victory, leaving a lasting impression on the field. Jirah “PEP” Leoupepetele, the game’s Most Valuable Player, showcased his exceptional talent, leading Apple Valley to victory. With 11 victories in their pocket, the Sundevils will strive to extend their winning streak against the motivated Jackrabbits.

Adding to the anticipation, Apple Valley’s fire department will escort the team to the game, highlighting the significance of this rivalry within the community. Furthermore, a captivating documentary chronicling the Bell Game serves as a testament to the enduring legacy of this matchup. This past year, Coach Kyle Godfrey of the Apple Valley Sundevils admitted to showing up late to build the anticipation of the game. Adding to that fire, the team doesn’t even wait to get to the locker room to strap on their armor, they are ready for war straight off the bus. Coach Godfrey was quoted stating this ““If we’re going to strap it up on the bus I don’t want to go back to the locker room when the kids are ready to go.”

As the two teams prepare to clash, Victor Valley’s second-season head coach is determined to rewrite their luck in this historic rivalry. The Jackrabbits will bring their unwavering resolve and determination to the field, hoping to turn the tide in their favor.

The stage is set for an unforgettable showdown between the Apple Valley Sundevils and the Victor Valley Jackrabbits. Get ready for a battle that will showcase the heart and soul of high school football, for when it comes to the Bell Game, We Know Friday Nights.

Miami Central @ Booker T. Washington


The stage is set for a showdown of epic proportions as the Booker T. Washington Tornadoes take on the Miami Central Mighty Rockets in a clash that has captivated fans for over a decade. This highly anticipated matchup, part of the 20th season of the Great American Rivalry Series, is scheduled to kick off on September 8th, 2023, at the illustrious Miami Central Senior High School football stadium.
The Tornadoes and the Mighty Rockets are no strangers to each other, having faced off 15 times since their inaugural meeting in 2008. Miami Central holds the edge in the all-time series with a commanding 11-3 record. However, Booker T. Washington is determined to narrow that gap and come out on top in this fierce rivalry.
The atmosphere at the Miami Central Senior High School football stadium is expected to be electric, with a crowd size exceeding 15,000 fans. The passion and intensity of the supporters are sure to create an unforgettable experience for all in attendance.
Rick Ford, the founder and CEO of the Great American Rivalry Series, expressed his excitement about this marquee matchup, stating, “The Booker T. Washington and Miami Central rivalry is a true testament to the rich history and tradition of high school football. The passion and dedication of these two programs are unparalleled, and this game promises to be another thrilling chapter in their storied rivalry.”
Both teams boast impressive resumes, with Miami Central winning eight state championships since the 2010 season, and Booker T. Washington claiming five titles since 2007. This clash of titans will showcase the talent, skill, and determination of these two Miami-Dade powerhouses.
As the countdown to kickoff begins, anticipation builds among fans and players alike. With memories of their last encounter fresh in their minds, where Miami Central emerged victorious with a score of 36-19, Booker T. Washington seeks redemption and aims to turn the tide in this pivotal matchup.
The Booker T. Washington Tornadoes and the Miami Central Mighty Rockets are ready to deliver a spectacle that will leave fans on the edge of their seats. It’s a clash of champions, a battle for supremacy, and a testament to the spirit of high school football. We Know Friday Nights.

Jesuit @ Christian Brothers


The stage is set for the monumental clash between the Jesuit Marauders and the Christian Brothers Falcons in the much-anticipated Holy Bowl. Set to take place at Hughes Stadium on September 10, 2023, this electrifying matchup marks a significant milestone as part of the 20th season of the Great American Rivalry Series.
Since its inception in 1969, the Holy Bowl has captivated fans with its intensity and rich tradition. This fierce rivalry between the Jesuit Marauders and the Christian Brothers Falcons continues to fuel the passion of the community and ignite the flames of competition.
Hughes Stadium will transform into a cauldron of energy as 15,000 devoted fans gather to witness this gridiron spectacle. The atmosphere will be charged with anticipation and excitement as the two schools clash for bragging rights in the Holy Bowl.
Reflecting on the significance of this storied rivalry, Rick Ford, founder and CEO of the Great American Rivalry Series, expressed his admiration, saying, “The Holy Bowl is a symbol of the power of high school football rivalries. The Jesuit vs. Christian Brothers matchup has a special place in the hearts of these communities, representing the essence of competition and camaraderie. As we celebrate the 20th season of the Great American Rivalry Series, we are thrilled to be a part of this historic event.”
Last year’s Holy Bowl etched itself into the annals of history as the Jesuit Marauders secured a resounding victory, boasting the largest margin of victory in the game’s history. The Christian Brothers Falcons, fueled by that defeat, are eager to reclaim their pride and leave their mark on this iconic rivalry.
As the teams prepare for battle, every practice, every play is infused with determination and a burning desire to emerge victorious. The players understand the weight of the Holy Bowl, carrying the legacy of their schools and the hopes of their communities on their shoulders.
When the clock starts ticking at Hughes Stadium, the gridiron becomes a battleground where tradition, resilience, and pure determination collide. It is a clash that transcends football, representing the spirit and unity of two schools eternally bound by their rivalry. Be ready for the electric night and remember, We Know Friday Nights!