The game between these two schools never disappoints. Despite Pottsville’s continued success in the rivalry with a 14-4 record since 2004, the game between Blue Mountain and Pottsville is always hotly contested. These two cross town rivals meet in one of the biggest games in each of their seasons. Blue Mountain travels to Pottsville this fall looking to end a 5-game losing streak.



Tyler Miller
Blue Mountain


Derek Walasavage

Blue Mountain

Derek is a 3-year starter and 2-time team captain of the football team. He is also the starting second baseman for the baseball team and a varsity letter earner in basketball. Derek has a 4.5 GPA, is an officer for National Honor Society, and a member of the English, Math, Science, Spanish and Social Studies Honor Societies. He is recognized as an AP Scholar with Distinction and has been awarded academic honors through the College Board National Recognition Program. He plans to study business analytics or related fields in college.
Joey Palko


Joey is a Senior at Pottsville Area high School. He is a member of the high school’s TKD Club, German National Honor Society, Basketball Team and Track Team. He is a member and Captain of the Pottsville Football Team as well. Joey is a lifelong Philadelphia sports fan. He works part time in the community teaching young athletes' sports skills and volunteers to help elderly citizens. Joey was honored to receive the Eisenhower and the West Point Society award for leadership, academic and community service. His favorite things to do are to play and watch football with his friends every weekend. Joey was awarded an athletic scholarship to play Division 1 football at Bucknell University where he will further his education to major in Sports and Business Management. Roll Tide!


After a scoreless 1st quarter, defense from both teams were holding strong. With three minutes left in the half, the Eagles nabbed a huge interception and never looked back. Blue Mountain went into halftime leading 17-0. They carried that dominance throughout the second half putting an end to Pottsville’s 5-0 streak, taking this year’s rivalry trophy home with a shutout score of 17-0.