The stage is set for a clash of titans as the Lewis Central Titans square off against the Harlan Cyclones in the highly anticipated “Night of Champions” showdown. This classic rivalry, dating back to 1961, has been a staple of Friday night football for both communities. As part of the 20th season of the Great American Rivalry Series, this game promises to deliver another thrilling chapter in their storied history. 

With the all-time series favoring Harlan at 15-6 since 2004, the Titans have their work cut out for them. However, recent history suggests a more evenly matched contest, as the teams have split the last 10 games with a 5-5 record. This statistic alone highlights the intense competitiveness that has come to define this rivalry. 

Founder and CEO of the Great American Rivalry Series, Rick Ford, shared his thoughts on this historic matchup, stating, “The Lewis Central vs. Harlan rivalry embodies the essence of high school football. The passion, intensity, and community pride that surrounds this game are truly unmatched. This year marks a milestone in our series, and we expect an unforgettable battle between these two outstanding programs.” 

The crowd at Titan Stadium is expected to be roaring with excitement, with an estimated 4,000 fans eagerly anticipating this clash. The atmosphere will be electric, as both teams’ mascots, the Titans and Cyclones, lead their respective fanbases in generating an atmosphere that will rival any football spectacle. 

Reflecting on last year’s battle, which saw Lewis Central emerge victorious with a narrow 30-27 win, both teams have undoubtedly been preparing meticulously to gain an edge in this year’s matchup. The Titans’ ability to neutralize the Cyclones’ explosive plays and the resilience shown by Harlan in their near comeback will surely fuel their motivation on the field. 

As the Lewis Central Titans and Harlan Cyclones prepare to take the field, one thing is certain: Friday nights belong to high school football, and this riveting rivalry epitomizes the spirit and tradition of the game. With decades of history and fierce competition that continues to evolve, fans can expect an unforgettable night of football as the two powerhouses clash under the lights. 

We Know Friday Nights. 


Jimmy Scott
Lewis Central


Curtis Witte

Lewis Central

Curtis is a three sport athlete, participating in football, basketball and track while at Lewis Central. He is an incredible student, as well as a great leader in the classroom. He is a 1st team all-state football player and has committed to continue his academic and football career at Wayne State College.
Jason Erlemeier

Harlan Community

This is Jason's first year out for football. He is an unbelievably high achieving student who is involved in many activities. His future plans are undecided.


On a significant evening referred to as the "Night of Champions" showdown in Iowa, Harlan and the Titans clashed on the football field with both teams aiming for victory. Harlan took the initiative, making a statement by scoring the opening touchdown of the game. However, the Titans quickly showcased their determination with an impressive 85-yard touchdown of their own. As the first half unfolded, the Cyclones from Harlan got on the board twice and managed to maintain a narrow lead in this closely contested matchup, taking a 14-12 lead into halftime. The tension remained palpable throughout the third quarter, as both teams battled intensely on the field. In the end, it was the Titans who emerged triumphant, clinching the victory by the smallest of margins 21-20 in favor of the Titans. The Night of Champions delivered a thrilling and closely-fought game, where the Titans secured the win and the bragging rights for 2023.