Dickinson and Clear Springs are set to renew their football rivalry in the highly anticipated Battle of the Blue. This clash between two powerhouse high schools has been a fixture in the local community since its inception in 2008. As the 20th season of the Great American Rivalry Series kicks off, fans are bracing themselves for another thrilling encounter at Challenger Columbia Stadium on September 22nd, 2023.

With both teams boasting impressive records in this historic rivalry, the Battle of the Blue promises to be a fiercely contested game. The Dickinson Gators and Clear Springs Chargers have faced each other 15 times, with the Gators holding a slim 8-7 edge in the all-time series. Every meeting between these two teams has been a battle, with neither side willing to yield an inch.

Rick Ford, the founder and CEO of the Great American Rivalry Series, expressed his excitement for the upcoming game, saying, “The Dickinson vs Clear Springs rivalry embodies the passion and intensity that makes high school football so special. This matchup is a true testament to the camaraderie and competitive spirit shared by these two communities. I have no doubt that this 20th season will be one for the books.”

The crowd size is expected to be electric, with over 10,000 fans filling the stands to witness this gridiron spectacle. The atmosphere will undoubtedly be charged with school spirit as the Dickinson Gators and Clear Springs Chargers take the field, ready to leave everything on the line.

In their last encounter, Dickinson emerged victorious with a 35-25 win over Clear Springs. The Chargers did showcase their offensive prowess, amassing a total of 287 yards, with a balanced attack of 125 passing yards and 162 rushing yards. Clear Springs put up a valiant fight, but ultimately fell short in their quest for victory.

As the Battle of the Blue looms, the anticipation continues to build. Both teams have their sights set on glory, hoping to add another memorable chapter to this storied rivalry. It’s a game that transcends football; it’s a tradition, a heritage, and a symbol of pride for the communities of Dickinson and Clear Springs.

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Rodney Blimage


Cody Grasha

Clear Springs

Cody is a three-year letterman and starter. He is All-District Honorable Mention, and captain of the football team who plans to continue his academic and football career at the collegiate level. Cody is also a member of the National Honor Society and Superintendent Scholar who has been an All-District Academic student.
Douglas Eader


Douglas was named National Merit Scholar semifinalist as he represents less than 1% of U.S. high school seniors. He is a two-year varsity letterman in football and continues to lead by example on the field and in the classroom.


Tonight, two rivals went head-to-head at Challenger Columbia Stadium, both Dickinson and Clear Springs had a lot at stake tonight as they gave it their all. With the Dickinson Gators holding the lead of 8-7 in the two teams’ 15-year-old history, it was a game to see! Clear Springs scored a touchdown but missed their field goal near the end of the first quarter, with a score of 19-14 Dickinson. By half-time the Gators maintained their lead and at the beginning of the first half they charged ahead and scored two more touchdowns with a 102 yard kickoff by Rodney Blimage in the first 23 seconds of the game, after the gators recovered an onside kick just one play later! The game ended 35-14 with #4 Rodney Blimage taking home MVP for the Gators after an exhausting and well-fought four quarters for both teams, in the stunning end of the 6th week of The Great American Rivalry!