A rivalry that began in 1893, the East Aurora vs. West Aurora matchup is one of the oldest in the nation and easily one of the best. Regularly attracting more than 8,000 fans in the Chicago-area, this game means just as much now as it did back in the 1800s. East Aurora come into this game struggling at 0-6 so far this season, but nothing would cure their woes like a win over arch rival West Aurora.

The West Aurora Blackhawks, meanwhile, are 6-1, having won their last three in a row by a combined score of 129-25. Will they be able to continue their momentum in what is sure to be a heated game?


Hezi Salter
West Aurora


Anthony Chavez

West Aurora

Anthony is a tremendous student and athlete. He has been a 2-year started on the varsity team and made the transition from guard to center this year. He has never missed an off-season workout in 4 years and is a role model to all of the younger Blackhawks. Anthony has a 4.96 GPA and has consistently been getting it done in the classroom the past 4 years.
Luis Medina

East Aurora

This is Luis’s first year playing Tomcat Football, and in the spring Luis represents the Tomcats by playing for the baseball team. Luis has been able to balance a rigorous schedule throughout the year, while maintain a 3.78 GPA.


Joe Howell

West Aurora

Joe played in 3 East-West games, and went 3-0. Joe is ranked 4th all-time for single game yardage and career yardage against East. In all games, Joe’s 1,465 yards rushing is still the school’s single season record and his 2,595 career yards was the school record until Daquan Cross broke it in 2016. Joe was a key member of the 1994 state playoff team that is still the only West team to advance beyond the first round. He was named an All-Conference player. As a current coach, Joe represents a recognizable bridge from the present to the past.
Dennis Galloway

East Aurora

Denny was a multi-sport athlete for the Tomcats. After he graduated, he served our country during the Vietnam War. Over the past 5 years, Denny has come back to support the Tomcat Football Program as the Quality Control Manager.


Hezi Salter had a career night on Friday evening for the West Aurora Blackhawks on his way to being named Great American Rivalry Series MVP. Salter ended the night with 190 yards on the ground. The West Aurora defense, meanwhile, forced five turnovers throughout the game and made sure the Tomcat offense couldn't get anything going. The entire West Aurora offense led the charge, as scores came from all over the field and several different players. The 51-0 win marked their 18th straight victory in the rivalry.