The gridiron battle that’s been brewing for decades is finally here as the Passaic Indians and the Clifton Mustangs prepare to face off in a high-stakes showdown on September 29th, marking the 20th season of the Great American Rivalry Series. With Boverini Stadium as the battleground, this rivalry promises to deliver a clash of titans that will leave fans on the edge of their seats.

Clifton has been the dominant force in recent history, with Passaic looking to turn the tide this year. Only twice since 2004 have the Indians emerged victorious, but in the world of high school football rivalries, records can be shattered in an instant. Expect fireworks, passion, and unwavering school spirit as these two teams leave it all on the field.

Rick Ford, the founder and CEO of the Great American Rivalry Series, couldn’t be more excited for this historic showdown. “This rivalry perfectly encapsulates the essence of high school football in America,” Ford remarked. “It’s about tradition, pride, and the indomitable spirit of youth. The atmosphere at Boverini Stadium will be electric, and I have no doubt that these young athletes will put on a show that will be talked about for years to come.”

With a crowd size of 2,000 fans expected to pack the stands, the intensity will be palpable from the first kickoff to the final whistle. Both teams are hungry for victory, and the bragging rights that come with it.

In a 2021 article by, this rivalry was ranked as the 17th best in the state of New Jersey, a testament to its historical significance and the passion it ignites within the community.

So, mark your calendars and prepare for a Friday night football spectacle like no other. The Passaic Indians and Clifton Mustangs are set to deliver gridiron drama that will resonate through the ages. As the sun sets and the lights illuminate Boverini Stadium, remember one thing: “We Know Friday Nights.”


Zaiden Huges


Jayden Sierra


Jayden is one of the best leaders here at Passaic. He is the embodiment of everything we stand for and wish our students to be. He leads by example and always puts others first! He is going to do great things in the near future!


It was all Mustangs in this one as Clifton utilized the ground attack in heavy rains to bust through Passaic 21-0! Big night for the Rivalry Series MVP #25 Zaiden Huges for Clifton, who led the way in tackles. It’s not every night a defensive player wins the game MVP, but add a shutout to the win column for the Mustangs. Clifton got on the board early capitalizing on a read option TD to take an early lead 7-0. A facemask penalty put the Mustangs in striking distance. Mustangs would punch in on the next play taking a 14-0 commanding lead. Defense led the way and after another stop the mustangs put the finishing touches on Passaic with a RB #3 score at the 4 minute mark.