The stage is set for the epic annual clash as the Woodland Hills Wolverines go head-to-head with the Penn Hills Indians in the highly anticipated rivalry game at Penn Hills’ historic Yuhas-McGinley Stadium. This matchup, which began back in 1987, has witnessed countless thrilling moments and intense battles on the gridiron. As we enter the 20th season of the Great American Rivalry Series, this game holds even greater significance.

Rick Ford, the founder and CEO of the Great American Rivalry Series, spoke about the magnitude of this contest, stating, “The Woodland Hills versus Penn Hills matchup is one of the most storied rivalries in high school football history. The passion and intensity displayed by both teams and their dedicated fan bases truly embody the essence of what makes this series so special.”

The Wolverines and the Indians boast rich football traditions, and their passionate fan bases are expected to pack the stadium, with an estimated crowd size of 3,000. These devoted supporters will create an electrifying atmosphere, fueling the players on the field with their unwavering spirit.

In their last meeting, Woodland Hills emerged victorious with a hard-fought 7-3 win over Penn Hills. The Wolverines showcased their resilience and determination, demonstrating why they flipped the series upon its resumption in 2020 after a five-year hiatus. Now, the Indians are eager to reclaim their dominance and prove that they are a force to be reckoned with on their home turf.

Both teams have been preparing diligently, leaving no stone unturned in their quest for victory. Coaches have fine-tuned their strategies, and players have pushed themselves to their limits, ready to leave it all on the field.

As the countdown to kickoff begins, anticipation hangs heavy in the air. The Woodland Hills Wolverines and Penn Hills Indians are ready to renew their storied rivalry, battling for glory and bragging rights. The energy will be palpable, the hits will be bone-jarring, and the moments will be unforgettable. So, brace yourselves, as this clash of titans promises to be a spectacle for the ages.

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Julian Dugger
Penn Hills


Julian Dugger

Penn Hills

Julian is a 4-year letterman on the varsity football team, and a 3-year letterman in basketball and track and field. He has been an All-conference selection in football and a captain of the football team since his sophomore year. Julian is also a member of the boys’ basketball team who won the 2023 WPIAL championship. Julian holds a 3.34 GPA and plans to attend the University of Pittsburgh on an athletic scholarship and Major in Business or Engineering.
Antonio Nash

Woodland Hills

Antonio is a 3-year letter winner. He is a team captain and is the strongest member of the team. He has a 4.0 GPA and is a member of the Homecoming Court. He is a leader both on and off the field and a great representative of what a student athlete strives to be. Antonio is having his best season this year and is looking forward to his post-secondary education.


It was all defense in the first half between the Wolverines and Indians tonight with the only score occurring midway through the second quarter when Scoop Smith took a handoff around the right end to the house to make it 7-0 Woodland Hills with 7:12 to go in the 1st half. In the second half, Penn Hills Julian Dugger scores on a QB draw to put 6 on the board for the Indians, but a blocked extra point attempt kept it 7-6 Wolverines with 7:31 to go in the 3rd. Woodland puts together an impressive drive grinding it out in the ground culminating in a touchdown and successful extra point attempt to extend their lead to 14-6. Indians QB Julian Dugger took one to the house from 50 yards out and followed that up with a 2-point conversion to tie things up at 14 with 2:59 to go in the 3rd. On its next drive, Penn Hills drives it down into the red zone and Julian Dugger connects with Tajuan Bandy for a 14-yard TD but fails to convert the 2 pt try makes it 20-14 Indians early in the fourth quarter. Wolverines Scoop Smith runs another one in for a TD and with the extra point, Wolverines retake the lead 21-20 with 7:50 left in the game. But it was Penn Hills Julian Dugger again with a 27-yard TD to Cameron Thomas. The 2 pt conversion is no good but the Indians retake the lead which they would not relinquish. For his performance, Penn Hills QB Julian Dugger was named MVP of the contest. Final score Penn Hills 26, Woodland Hills 21. Prior to the game the United States Marines presented scholar athletes awards to members of each team for their accomplishments on and off the field. Recipients were PENN HILLS, JULIAN DUGGER, and WOODLAND HILLS, ANTONIO NASH. Congratulations!