A battle across state lines, Bluefield vs. Graham has been one of the most heated rivalries in high school football for decades. The series dates back all the way to 1911 and is always a hotly contested battle.
Despite the rivalry, the two communities always come together for events surrounding the game in a show of unity. Once the game starts, though, courtesy goes out the window, and the two communities vociferously root for their teams.
Bluefield squeaked by in last year’s game 17-14, but Graham still leads the overall series 88-74. Bluefield will be looking to further cut into that deficit.
Nicholas is a four year member of the varsity football team and the track team. He is undecided on where he will attend college.
Deiyanti is a three year letterman and was a first team All Coal Field Conference and a 2nd team AA state selection last season. He is the team captain for the Beavers.
HALL OF FAME
Tim’s fumble recovery for a touchdown in his senior season helped the G-Men post their second straight win over Bluefield. He was named 1st team All Region and 2nd team All State in his final season at Graham. Moore helped Wittenberg University advance to the national title game in 1979 and win three conference championships.
Yubrenal earned All-American honors and was listed as one of the top 20 prospects in the Mid Atlantic Region. He was named player of the year in West Virginia by Gatorade and USA Today before logging a successful career for the University of Virginia, where he ranks top three in program history with 128 career tackles.
In front of more than 10,000 fans, the Beavers from Bluefield put a stomping on the G-Men from Graham. Broadcasted by The Great American Rivalry Series on Facebook Watch, Bluefield jumped out to an early lead with four unanswered first half touchdowns.
Great American Rivalry Series MVP Juice Edwards absolutely ran all over the G-Men, rushing for 114 yards and two touchdowns. Bluefield is coming off a state championship season and is looking to continue that success early in 2018. With a final score of 38-14 over arch-rival Graham, they’re off to a good start.
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