The Macomb Dakota vs. Chippewa Valley football rivalry game is known as ‘The Backyard Brawl’ and is played every year on Thursday the weekend before Labor Day. On Thursday, storms started rolling in at the very start of the game, however it didn’t stop a packed student and fan section on both sides waiting to see the long awaited rivalry which takes place the prior to the start of school. Although the game started on time, it didn’t last long as rain storms started which ended the game within the first quarter with three minutes left due to weather. The game was rescheduled for the very next day (Friday) for a 1pm kickoff, which unfortunately resulted with fewer fans but, on a positive note both student sections were packed yet again.


Kaiser Carlton
Macomb Dakota


Thomas Mahfet

Macomb Dakota

Thomas is a 2 year letter winner on the varsity team. He is a member of the national honor society and scored a 31 on his ACT.
Jon Anderson

Chippewa Valley

Jon Andersen is a captain and 2 year starter on the offensive line. He is a two year letter winner and has been on the Honor Roll every semester.


Todd Wojciechowski

Macomb Dakota

Jimmy Deliz

Chippewa Valley


The game was suspended with 3:27 left in the first quarter on Friday night, the teams were locked in a defensive battle, tied 0-0. Friday, after the Chippewa Valley defense stopped Dakota's offense on a three-and-out, the Big Reds got the ball on its own 48 yard line ending in a one first down, Chippewa Valley made it no further, tossing an incomplete pass on fourth and nine on the Dakota 39 The interception and lost fumble in the second quarter were just an example of the opportunities lost by the Big Reds in the game. Chippewa Valley picked up a Dakota fumble on the Cougars' 12 yard line but got no points out of it, missing a field goal to end the drive. Macomb Dakota ended up with a victory of 28-24 win over Chippewa Valley on Friday afternoon, fans got everything they could want out of a rivalry game. Big plays, lots of scoring and defensive stands were all a part of the action that spanned from Thursday night and into Friday afternoon.