The stage is set for a thrilling clash, as the Mead Panthers and Mt. Spokane Wildcats compete once again in the highly anticipated Battle of the Bell. This long-standing football rivalry will be a part of the prestigious 20th season of the Great American Rivalry Series. The bout is scheduled to take place on October 27th, 2023, at Union Stadium.

The Battle of the Bell has always been a game that captivates the entire Spokane community, drawing a staggering crowd of 5,000 plus passionate fans. This year’s contest promises to be no different, as both teams have a storied history and a fervent desire to claim victory.

In last year’s meeting, the Mt. Spokane Wildcats emerged victorious with a hard-fought 20-10 win, leaving the Mead Panthers eager to avenge their defeat. With both teams currently ranked within the top 50 in the state of Washington, this clash is poised to be a true battle of equals.

Rick Ford, the founder and CEO of the Great American Rivalry Series, shared his excitement for the upcoming game, stating, “The Battle of the Bell is one of the most intense rivalries we’ve ever witnessed. The passion and energy from the players, coaches, and fans make it a must-watch event for the 20th season of the Great American Rivalry Series.”

The Mead Panthers, led by their determined coaching staff and fueled by the memory of last year’s defeat, are ready to leave no stone unturned. Meanwhile, the Mt. Spokane Wildcats aim to continue their winning momentum and maintain their dominance over their fierce rivals.

As the game day approaches, anticipation grows in the Spokane community. All will be revealed under the Friday night lights at Union Stadium. Get ready for an unforgettable clash – the Battle of the Bell is here!

We Know Friday Nights.


Tristan Olson
Mount Spokane


Wyatt Thorleifson


Wyatt has consistently maintained a perfect 4.0 GPA while distinguishing himself as a three-year letter winner on our football team, demonstrating his dedication to both academics and athletics. Ben's commitment to excellence extends beyond the field as he has challenged himself with a rigorous course load, including AP and Honors courses in Engineering and Calculus. His academic persistence is truly impressive and reflects his determination to excel in all aspects of life. Looking to the future, Ben has set his sights on attending the prestigious Naval Academy after high school. His dedication, both on and off the field, serves as an inspiration to all.
Ben Joireman

Mount Spokane

Ben maintains an impeccable 4.0 GPA, all while tackling a challenging schedule filled with AP and advanced level classes, demonstrating an unwavering commitment to academic success. This year, Ben earned the respect of his peers as he was voted team captain, showcasing his exceptional leadership qualities. Beyond football, Ben has been a valuable two-year member of the CATS leadership program, which further highlights his commitment to personal growth and community involvement. After high school, he plans to attend either the Naval or Air Force Academy.


Tonight in Spokane, Washington, on this cold fall night, the Mead Panthers took on the Mt. Spokane Wildcats. The Wildcats placed the first points on the board with 6:07 remaining in the first. Mead intercepted with a 1st down for the Panthers with 1:20 remaining in the first quarter. Starting the second quarter off strong, the panthers made a touchdown in just the first minutes. The Wildcats fighting back with fire for putting them in the lead 14-7. To round out the second quarter, Wildcats, #3 Tristan Olsen punches it in and the kick was good. Entering the half with the Panthers trailing the Wildcats 21-13. A very effective offense and defense on both teams leaving the score 21-13 with 2:33 remaining in the third quarter. Kicking off the fourth, the Panthers got a first down with 7:15 left in the game, then the Panthers got one in and the kick was good! Becoming a very close came, the Wildcats were not going to let the Panthers creep up, with a complete pass by the Wildcats for a first down resulting in the final touchdown of the game, ending with a score of 27-20, Wildcats. Way to play some football, boys!