The Rivalry between Fort Hill and Allegany is a 94 year tradition in Cumberland, Maryland. The entire town gathers each year for the game in anticipation of who will take home the trophy. This year is unique as the Cattle Bell Trophy will be retired due to Allegany moving to Alco High School. The winner of the game will be the life long holders of the trophy.


Troy Hill
Fort Hill


Jake Leplatt

Fort Hill

In addition to his stellar GPA in his classes, Jake has earned several academic awards throughout his high school career including Honors Geometry Award, Shining Star Academic Award and AP scholar. Jake has been a 4 year member of the Fort Hill Football program and has served as a team captain for various games. After high school, he plans on pursuing a major in chemical and biological engineering and a career in pharmaceutical development and research.
Elisha Llewwellyn


Elisha is a 3- year letterman on the Varsity Football team and was an All Area safety selection in 2016. He was also named Student Athlete of the month for the September. Elisha is a member of the National Honors Society and plans to pursue a major in Business.


Gavin Palumbo

Fort Hill

Gavin was Player of the Year in 1993 and led Fort Hill to a 12-7 homecoming victory with a drive down the field in the final minute of play. Gavin has been called the “Most prolific passer in school history”. He led the area in passing with 65% completion percentage- 84 completions on 135 attempts. Gavin has been a coach in the Rivalry game since 2000. He has servers as the offensive coordinator and has helped lead the Sentinels to 4 straight State championships.
Dr. Shawn Ricker


Shawn played in the Allegany VS Fort Hill Homecoming game his Sophomore, Junior and Senior years. As captain of the 1988 team to a decisive 20-0 win over Fort Hill and an undefeated 13-0 class 2A State Championship. During the 1988 game, Shawn led his team on both sides of the ball and ended the game with an interception. Shawn went on the start at West Virginia Wesleyan where he was a 4 year starting tight end. After college graduation, he received a doctorate in Optometry from The Southern College of Optometry in Memphis, TN.


Fort Hill marched to its 10th straight victory in the long-running series, 56-21, at Greenway Avenue Stadium. Saturday’s game was the most points scored by a team in series history and the highest scoring game in the series. Troy Banks, the MVP, ran 21 times for 162 yards and scored 3 touchdowns during the game to help Fort Hill reach a victory.