It’s a clash that has defined the football landscape in Toms River, New Jersey for over five decades. The Toms River High School North Mariners and the Toms River High School South Indians are set to renew their fierce rivalry in the highly anticipated matchup known as the “Civil War.” This storied contest, which first took place in 1972, has evolved into one of the most intense battles in New Jersey high school football.

The stage is set at the Toms River High School South Football Stadium, where a raucous crowd of 3,000 fans will be in attendance, eagerly anticipating the clash of these two gridiron powerhouses. The atmosphere will be electric as the Mariners and the Indians fans help their respective teams to victory.

This game holds special significance as it marks the 20th season of the Great American Rivalry Series, a celebration of high school football’s greatest rivalries across the nation. Rick Ford, the founder and CEO of the Great American Rivalry Series, spoke about the magnitude of this matchup, saying, “The Toms River North vs. Toms River South rivalry embodies the passion and tradition that make high school football so special. This game is a testament to the rich history and enduring spirit of competition between these two schools.”

The history of this rivalry is steeped in drama and intensity. In the early years, Toms River South dominated, winning 20 of the first 21 matchups. However, Toms River North responded with a vengeance and enjoyed a dominant run, narrowing the gap in the overall record to 28-23-1 still in favor of Toms River South.

In their previous encounter, Toms River North showcased their supremacy, delivering a resounding 60-0 victory over Toms River South. But in a rivalry as fierce as this, past results hold little weight, as each team enters the “Civil War” determined to etch their name in the annals of this historic contest.

As the stage is set for this clash of titans, emotions will run high and the intensity will be palpable. Brace yourselves, Toms River, for a showdown that will leave an indelible mark on the rich tapestry of high school football in New Jersey.

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Josh Moore
Toms River North


Josh Moore

Toms River North

On the field, Josh plays both side of the ball, playing both Running Back and Defensive Back. However, he is just as talented off the field. Josh is ranked 17th in his class, holding an impressive 5.25 GPA. After high school, he hopes to continue to play football in college.
James Alexander

Toms River South

Captain James Alexander is an exceptional scholar athlete. As a student of the Marine Academy of Technology and Environmental Science, James has a cumulative GPA of 3.7. He is an active participant of the Chemistry Olympics, Vice President of the Spanish Club, and Coordinator or Project Terrapin. He is a three year starter at Quarterback/Linebacker for the Hitting Indians and is a member of the basketball and spring track programs. Upon graduation, James plans to pursue a degree in Business.


The township of Toms River gets excited and full of life this time of year for a match up of the Toms River North Mariners against their mortal enemy the Toms River South Indians in what is known as the Civil War game. The gridiron was crisp and ready for action on this October Friday, as the Marines acted fast, getting quick score after a botched snap by South to start the game. South quickly responded with a huge screen pass that went 70 yards and left them withgoal to go, however, as was the story of the game, the Mariners prevailed with the stop. MVP and scholar athlete Josh Moore brought home a 75 yard touchdown, on his way to over 100 yards and 2 Touchdowns. The Mariners solidified their lead as they continued to get the ball back and make quick work of the South defense, marching down the field and scoring two more touchdowns, leaving a defeat of the Indians, 49 -0.