The stage is set for an intense showdown as the Northwestern Trojans face off against the Rock Hill Bearcats in the highly anticipated “City Championship”. They will battle it out at District Three Stadium on September 22, 2023, marking their 60th meeting since the game’s inception back in 1971. This historic clash is a highlight of the 20th season of the Great American Rivalry Series, which celebrates the rich tradition of high school football rivalries across the nation.

Rick Ford, the founder and CEO of the Great American Rivalry Series, shared his excitement, stating, “The Northwestern vs Rock Hill matchup is a classic rivalry that exemplifies the passion and intensity of high school football. The energy and enthusiasm surrounding this game are truly remarkable, and it’s an honor to witness it as part of our 20th season.”

The Trojans hold the upper hand in the all-time series, with 34 victories compared to the Bearcats’ 25. However, past records mean little when these two rivals take the field. Every encounter between Northwestern and Rock Hill brings an atmosphere of anticipation and fierce competition, captivating the 7,500 fans who will pack the stands.

In their last meeting, Northwestern dominated with an overwhelming 89-13 victory over Rock Hill. Such a resounding result only adds fuel to the fire, as the Bearcats look for redemption and seek to regain their footing against their longstanding adversaries. This rivalry game has consistently drawn attention over the years, attracting national coverage with multiple ESPN articles.

Both schools boast impressive football programs and have produced numerous state championships throughout their histories. Notably, this football-rich city has nurtured exceptional talent, boasting a remarkable number of NFL players per population, with over 28 players making their way to the professional ranks.

As the Northwestern Trojans and the Rock Hill Bearcats gear up for their annual clash, one thing is for certain: this game will be a true spectacle, showcasing the competitive spirit of both teams. The passion, pageantry, and pride of Friday night lights will be on full display in Football City USA.

We Know Friday Nights.


Findley Polk


Daniel Range

Rock Hill

Daniel plays football and track at Rock Hill High School and has two offers to play football in college. He is a Junior Marshall and ranked 16th in my class. He has been part of the A/B honor roll throughout high school and is a member of the Beta Club and the National Honor Society. Daniel holds a 4.8 GPA and is undecided on what college.
Vance Ventry


Vance has been awarded the Scholar Athlete Award for his excellence in the classroom each semester since starting at Northwestern High School. He is a frequent speaker at our local elementary schools as part of the GameDay Giveback program encouraging students to Win Today! He is a two sport athlete that has lettered since his sophomore year in football and basketball. Vance holds a 4.16 GPA and plans to attend East Tennessee State University


In the 60th Meeting between Northwestern Trojans and Rock Hill Bearcats, they face off in what is referred to as the “City Championship”. Northwestern jumped out to a big time lead to start the game with a 21-0 score to end the first quarter. Rock Hill tried to fight back in the second quarter as they scored 14 unanswered points in the 2nd to make the score now 21-14 Trojans way. But Rock Hill’s offense was able to find their rhythm again to go into half up 35-14. In the 2nd half Northwestern’s defense turned it up a notch with multiple sacks, and holding Rock Hill’s offense to 0 second half points. QB #10 Findley Polk who was named our Great American Rivalry Series MVP had a stellar performance and kept the offense rolling as they scored another 21 points in the 2nd half for your final of 56-14.