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The annual season opener for the two teams is dubbed the “Maumee River Rivalry” because the two towns are located approximately 15 miles apart, situated on the Maumee River. The schools have played for the River Rock, an actual rock found on the river bed between the cities of Defiance and Napoleon, since 2009. The early part of the Series, which began in 1916, was dominated by Defiance who won 15 of the first 18 meetings. However, a 15-game winning streak by Napoleon from 1965 to 1980 changed the series into the Wildcats’ favor. After a Napoleon 28-0 victory last season, and taking 7 out of the last 9, Defiance looks to regain momentum in the rivalry. Napoleon leads the all time series 54-41-2.



Drew Kellermeyer


Wade Liffick


Wade is a 1-year letterman in Football and a 2-year letterman in baseball. He is a valued member of the National Honor Society and Vice President of Student Council at Defiance. Wade is also a member of the Western Buckeye League Sportsmanship Team. He carries a 4.02 GPA and plans to study Physical Therapy in college. He is accompanied by his parents, Tod and Amy Liffick.
Tanner Rubinstein


Tanner is a Wildcat Senior and a three-sport athlete. As a multi-talented athlete, he excels in football, basketball and baseball. He is a leader on campus for the student body, gives back to the community, an honor roll student and an all-around role model to the future of Napoleon HS. Tanner hold a 3.9 GPA and is undecided on his future college and career path. He is accompanied by his parents Shari and Jeremy.


This meeting between Napoleon and Defiance was a nail-biter to the end. After a first quarter Defiance touchdown, Napoleon was in a battle for a comeback. As the clock wound down, the Bulldog defense stood tall as Defiance will take home the River Rock.