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List of high school football rivalries (less than 100 years old)

 

List of high school football rivalries (less than 100 years old)


This is a list of high school football rivalries (less than 100 years old).

Series Leader Series Rival Series Record Series Began Notes References
Napoleon High School (Napoleon, Ohio) Defiance High School (Defiance, Ohio) 49-39-2 1916 The annual season opener for the 2 teams(and in some recent years, the season opener in Northwest Ohio, played on Thursday night). Dubbed the "Maumee River Rivalry" because the 2 towns are located approximately 15 miles apart with both situated on the Maumee River. The schools have played for the "River Rock", an actual rock found on the river bed between the cities of Defiance and Napoleon since 2009. The early part of the series was dominated by Defiance, who won 15 of the first 18 meetings(15-2-1). However, a 15-game winning streak by Napoleon from 1965 to 1980 changed the series into their favor. Lately the series has been known for the winner making the playoffs, with the winner qualifying every season from 1999 to 2009(but never the loser in these years). This streak was broken in 2010, when neither team made the playoffs, and again in 2011 when Defiance won but Napoleon made it. In 2012, Napoleon won and made the playoffs again. The series has been played every year since 1932, with the exception of 1973 when Defiance joined a new league which took up their entire schedule(then 9 games). [1]


Lancaster High School (Lancaster, New York) Depew High School (Depew, New York) 47-29-7 1919 One of the oldest and most passionate rivalries in New York State, it was ranked one of the top 15 in the nation by USA Today in 1993. The series took an eight-year break in the 1930s when the series got so intense fan safety was a concern. The annual game draws close to 2,000 spectators. [2]


Albion High School (Albion, New York) Medina High School (New York) 51-39-4 1920 One of the oldest rivalries in Western New York, each team tends to dominate a decade. As the last regular season game for both schools, thousands attend from each town, as they are located only ten miles apart. The clash of the Purple Eagles and Mustangs enters its 90th year. [3]


Loyola Blakefield (Baltimore, Maryland) Calvert Hall College High School (Baltimore, Maryland) 46-33-8 1920 Annual Thanksgiving football game. The rivalry is one of the oldest between two Catholic High Schools in the U.S. The "Turkey Bowl" is played in the Baltimore Ravens' M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore, Maryland [4]


North Attleborough High School (North Attleborough, Massachusetts) Attleboro High School (Attleboro, Massachusetts) 55-27-8 1921 Eighty-nine of the 90 games have been played on the holiday, with one game played as a state divisional Super Bowl. North Attleboro has been dominant over the past 20 years, but the game has grown closer and is now a league game with Attleboro's recent membership in the Hockomock League. Attleboro does not use the -ugh in its name, having dropped it upon incorporating as a city in 1912. [5]


Watertown High School (Watertown, Massachusetts) Belmont High School (Belmont, Massachusetts) 42-41-4 1921 This rivalry has been back and forth over the last 89 years. The game in 1940 was cancelled due to snow. [6]


St. Joseph's Collegiate Institute (Kenmore, New York) Canisius High School (Buffalo, New York) 47-31-3 1921 One of the oldest and most passionate rivalries in both New York State and the Northeastern United States, these schools share a deep hatred for each other. The schools are less than 4 miles apart and are the premier private, Catholic schools in Western New York with students coming to both schools from throughout Western New York and Southern Ontario, Canada. The series had to be suspended for 17 years between 1931 and 1948 due to the intense nature of the games, but the Bishop of Buffalo later required the rivalry to be reinstated in 1948 when a Catholic league was formed. The games have generated record attendance of several thousand each year as the games attract many members of the Western New York community. The single-game attendance record currently stands at a turnstile count of 28,009. The game is often the most-attended high school football game of the year, beating out all other local rivalries as well as the public school state playoffs. The 2012 edition of the rivalry, held in the remnants of Hurricane Sandy, also outdrew the actual attendance at the University at Buffalo's home game held at the same time. The game has also been featured on several occasions as part of the Great American Rivalry Series. During the early years in the rivalry series, both schools often enjoyed weeks ranked as among the best high school programs in the nation. While the series was generally close during the first half-century of competition, St. Joe's took the series lead after winning 25 of 27 games from 1983 up until 2006. At that point, Canisius ended the run and started its own by winning the next 5 games in the series including a win in 2009 that was also the first time the two teams met in Ralph Wilson Stadium for the league championship. That streak was stopped, however, when St. Joe's defeated Canisius twice in 2010. While several members of the respective teams have gone on to play college football, two of the notable participants in the games have been Phil McConkey (Canisius) and Vaughn Parker (St. Joe's). While New York State football is not as well thought of today nationally, it is without question that these two schools have quietly deployed several recruits to major college programs over the last few years. For example, QB Chad Kelly (St. Joe's), an ESPN 2011 Elite 11 QB, joined former Canisius LB Jimmy Gaines, currently a starting linebacker for the University of Miami Hurricanes, in the ACC this past year. [7]


Upper Darby High School (Upper Darby Township, Delaware County, Pennsylvania) Haverford High School (Havertown, Pennsylvania) 41-39-6 1921 One of the oldest Thanksgiving Day rivalry games in the Pennsylvania, the schools are just 2.5 miles apart. [8]


Ravenna High School (Ravenna, Ohio) Theodore Roosevelt High School (Kent, Ohio) 44-43-2 1921 Ravenna and Kent have always been rival towns, but the high schools' rivalry is especially harsh. The record is 44-43-2, after 2009's game, when Ravenna trumped Kent in overtime 29-28. The schools have been completing for the millennium trophy (retired to Ravenna in 2009) since 1999. The two schools now compete for "Big R", a glass trophy that will annually travel to the winning school. [9]


Hardee High School (Wauchula, Florida) DeSoto County High School (Arcadia, Florida) 57-30-5 1921 Oldest rivalry in the State of Florida. [10]


St. Augustine High School (St. Augustine, Florida) Palatka High School (Palatka, Florida) 46-42-3 1922 There's no big trophy to be won in this rivalry, just a district title and good old fashioned hate. The 2nd oldest rivalry in the State of Florida. [9]


Hattiesburg High School (MS) vs. Laurel High School (MS) Started in 1922 Oldest series in Mississippi Laurel holds the lead in the series.

Oakdale High School (Oakdale, California) Sonora High School (Sonora, California) 57-31-5 1922 Single-high school rivals that always play the last game of the Vally Oak League season against each other, often drawing crowds of 15,000 or more. [11]

Easley High School (Easley, South Carolina) Pickens High School (Pickens, South Carolina) 36-19-1 1923 One of the oldest and fiercest rivalries in South Carolina, the annual Sam Wyche Food Fight Bowl (named after the former NFL head coach who serves on the Board of Directors for Pickens County Meals-on-Wheels and was the man who organized the Food Fight Bowl in 2008) pits the Easley Green Wave against the Pickens Blue Flame in a game that attracts around 11,000 fans every year. The schools compete for two trophies: the Ultimate Food Fight Trophy goes two the school who raises the most money for the Pickens County Meals-on-Wheels and the Food Fight Bowl Trophy goes to the team that wins the football game. In 2011, the students and communities together successfully raised more than $60,000, with both schools being within $100 dollars of each other. Despite the charity surrounding the game, the rivalry itself has an ugly history, the most infamous incident being the 1969 game that included a huge fight in the stadium during the game and led to the rivalry's cancellation until 1982. Current Streak: Easley won the last meeting on 9 September 2011, ending a three-year streak by Pickens. [12][13]


Somerset Berkley Regional High School (Somerset, Massachusetts) Joseph Case High School (Swansea, Massachusetts) 1923 Annual Thanksgiving football game. Neighboring towns in southeastern Massachusetts with deep tradition.


Concord High School (Concord, North Carolina) A. L. Brown High School (Kannapolis, North Carolina) 42-38-4 1924 Dubbed the "Battle for the Bell", the two high schools face off for bragging rights and a coveted 1940s Southern Railway Bell, which was donated to promote sportsmanship in the series for the 1950 game. The Bell is painted in transom of the winner's colors, a tribute to the textile heritage of Kannapolis and Concord. The two high schools first played in 1924, and have played continuously since 1931 in what is the oldest rivalry in N.C. - which regularly draws 11–14,000 fans and is preceded by a week of activities (both charitable and rivalry-oriented) at the two schools. In many years during the 1980s-1990s, the game – traditionally the season finale - also decided the South Piedmont Conference title. Concord and A.L Brown have both won two state titles in the past 20 years, and are among the state's traditional football powers. [14]


Mansfield High School (Mansfield, Massachusetts) Foxborough High School (Foxborough, Massachusetts) 44-32-3 1925 Neighboring towns in southeastern Massachusetts with deep ties played each other for the first time in 1925, but did not play on Thanksgiving until 1947 because Mansfield was dominant. Former Mansfield coach John Certuse (a Mansfield native) was hired by Foxborough to improve the program and coached Foxborough to its first win in the series in 1946, and its first holiday victory in 1948. Current coaches Jack Martinelli of Foxborough and Mike Redding of Mansfield have been at the schools for 29 and 23 years respectively. Foxborough leads in games played on the holiday, 31-30-2. Until the Hockomock League split into large and small divisions in 2010, the game had a bearing on the league championship in almost every year of the last 15. Considered[by whom?] one of the most passionate and competitive rivalries in Massachusetts. The game was played four times in Schaefer Stadium, home of the New England Patriots, in the 1970s before returning to home schools' fields. Former NFL center Tom Nalen (Denver) played for Foxborough; Mansfield has dominated the last decade's games. [5]


Northampton High School (Northampton, Pennsylvania) Catasauqua High School (Catasauqua, Pennsylvania) 54-31-4 1925 Annual Thanksgiving football game. These two high schools from neighboring towns first played each other in 1925 and the game ended in a controversial victory for Catasauqua. A rematch was challenged by Northampton and scheduled for Thanksgiving Day to decide the outcome as that was the only available day on the calendar. Catasauqua won both games the first year. In 1926, once again the two schools met and again the game ended in a controversial victory, this time for Northampton. Catasauqua challenged a rematch and once again they met on Thanksgiving Day to decide the outcome. Northampton won both games the second year. Beginning in 1927, the game was agreed to be played on Thanksgiving Day from the onset of the season. A tradition was born and the game has been played every year since. Both schools and their respective town communities have developed a bitter rivalry toward each other. [15][16]


Theodore Roosevelt High School (Los Angeles) Garfield High School (Los Angeles County, California) 40-29-6 1926 This game, officially called the "East Los Angeles Classic" since 1972, matches two high schools from East Los Angeles, California. Played at East Los Angeles College, it regularly draws attendance in excess of 20,000. [17]


Chelmsford High School (Chelmsford, Massachusetts) Billerica Memorial High School (Billerica, Massachusetts) 54-23-5 1927 Annual Thanksgiving football game. One of the oldest in the Greater Lowell suburban area of Massachusetts. The "Police Chiefs Trophy" is awarded to the winning team each year. The 2010 game saw Chelmsford come from behind in the final minute to win the game, 21-14. [18]

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Maryville High School (Maryville, Tennessee) Alcoa High School (Alcoa, Tennessee) 56-23-3 1927 The biggest football game in the state of Tennessee. Historically known as "Clash of the Champions" Alcoa (3A) and Maryville (6A) lead the state in most State Championships won. (12 each) [20]


Cathedral Preparatory School (Erie, PA) McDowell High School (Millcreek, PA) 41-28 1930 The most contentious rivalry in northwestern PA began in 1930 and has been played annually since 1958. This game pits the two best "big school" programs in PIAA District 10 in a battle for bragging rights and championships (Prep leads 7-3 in district title games). Prep has the most District Ten and Pennsylvania State football championships than any other school in District Ten, winning 18 District titles and 2 state titles. The two football championships were won in 2000 and 2012. The 2000 Ramblers finished with a #4 national ranking by the USA Today, while the 2012 team finished with a #17 national ranking by the USA Today. The Prep football team also holds the current record for most consecutive wins in the City of Erie history (24) and currently holds Pennsylvania's longest active winning streak (24). NFL players such as Mike McCoy, Mark Stepnoski, Demond "Bob" Sanders and Brian Stablein have participated in the game that is referred to simply as "Prep/McDowell".

What makes this rivalry stand out in the state of Pennsylvania and the nation is the passion of the fan bases. Each year, Prep/McDowell is the talk of Erie and brings fans and alums of both schools together. City vs. county, private vs. public, bigger school vs. smaller school, this rivalry can created heated discussions. Cathedral Prep's student section has been called the best in the state.[21] Prep/McDowell is among the most attended games of the year in Erie County and always packs the 10,000 seat Erie Veterans' Memorial Stadium (Prep's home field for big games) or McDowell's Gus Anderson Field.

The future of the game is up in the air. McDowell has filed to become a member of WPIAL (AAAA)in 2014, leaving no spot for an "open game" against Prep if they become a member. Prep and McDowell are currently members of the PIAA District 10, Prep (AAA) and McDowell (AAAA).


Clear Lake High School (Lakeport, California) Kelseyville High School (Kelseyville, California) 37-33-7 1930 Oldest, most contentious rivalry in Lake County, California. Most recently the game has been deemed the "Bass Bowl" as the schools are near Clear Lake, one of the world's top bass lakes.

A carved wooden trophy of a big mouth bass goes to the winning school for the year. Events are to include a parade, bass tournament, beauty pageant, and bowling competition between the schools.

The bass bowl was the brainchild of Kelseyville head coach Rob Ishihara, Boone Bridges, and Phil Smoley.

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Barstow High School (Barstow, California) Victor Valley High School (Victorville, California) 44-39-4 1932 Dubbed the "Axe Game", the two high schools in the High Desert of Southern California, play for bragging rights and, until the 1950s, an old fireman's axe. In the 1950s, the fireman's axe was stolen from Barstow High School's trophy case and replaced with the current axe. The rivalry game was started by former Victor Valley High School coach, Keith Gunn. [23]


Hatboro-Horsham High School (Hatboro, Pennsylvania) Upper Moreland High School (Willow Grove, Pennsylvania) 49-20-5 1935 With the first three shows in this rivalry ending in a win, a loss, and a tie, the Golden Bears and the Hatters have competed on every Thanksgiving ever since the depressed 1930s. Though now in different divisions, the two teams continue to light up the annual game. [24]


Murphy High School (Mobile, Alabama) McGill-Toolen Catholic High School (Mobile, Alabama) 46-30-1 1935 One of the oldest rivalries in the state of Alabama, the McGill–Murphy game is traditionally played the Thursday or Friday before Halloween. Though bragging rights and school pride are a major part of the game, both schools compete for the right to "paint the cannon". This is a long-running tradition in which the students of the winning school paint the Cannon in Mobile with the colors of the victorious school (orange for a McGill victory, blue for a Murphy victory). One of the most heated matches in the area, the rivalry has been dubbed the Cannon Bowl by residents. [25]


Fort Hill High School (Cumberland, Maryland) Allegany High School (Cumberland, Maryland) 44-29-4 1936 Game serves as Homecoming for both schools, including the presentation of each school's Homecoming Queen and court at halftime. It is played at Greenway Avenue Stadium in Cumberland, which serves as the home field for both schools. Locally known simply as "Homecoming", the game routinely draws 10 to 14 thousand fans, in a town of about 20,000 people. The winner keeps "The Black Kettle", a traveling trophy with the scores from all the previous games engraved. Subject of a one-hour NFL Films documentary on Versus. [26][27]


Abraham Lincoln High School (San Jose, California) San Jose High Academy 38-24-0 1943 "Big Bone Game," it is the only Thanksgiving-Day high school football rivalry game that is held west of Missouri. Lincoln once passed up a postseason playoff bid so that it could play the Big Bone Game on Thanksgiving. The trophy that is passed to the winner is a cow femur that was found by a Lincoln student in his uncle's butcher shop. The rivalry has been recognized as one of the most unusual and intense in the country by Sporting News and StudentSports.com. [28][29][30]


Jenks High School (Jenks, Oklahoma) Union High School (Tulsa, Oklahoma) 1946 Known as the "Backyard Bowl," the rivalry has received coverage by Sporting News and is the subject of a Versus documentary produced by NFL Films. The annual game is played at the University of Tulsa and has drawn crowds of over 40,000. The annual rivalry game was presented on the Great American Rivalry Series internet broadcast in 2007. One of these two teams has won Oklahoma's Class 6A (large school) title every year since 1996. [26][28][29][31][32][33][34][35]


John Burroughs High School (Burbank, California) Burbank High School (Burbank, California) 41-22-0 1949 The annual "Big Game" between cross town rivals the Burbank High School Bulldogs and the John Burroughs High School Indians takes place every year as the last regular season game, and last league game, for both schools. Its takes place annually at Memorial Field located on the campus of John Burroughs High School and draws and average attendance close to 10,000 people. The Stadium and field is the home field for both schools. The rivalry game took place at Memorial Field from 1949-2010 before returning to the stadium in 2012. The 2011 game was held at Arcadia High School in Arcadia, California due to the stadium at Memorial Field being torn down and replaced with state of the art stands, as well as the grass field and dirt track being replaced with artificial turf and all weather track. The final game at the original Memorial Field has been considered the best game ever of the series. Burbank High went up 28-0 in the second quarter, before Burroughs stormed back to tie the game at 35-35 with 3 minutes left, before kicking a field goal as time expired to win 38-35 and claim their second straight Pacific League Championship. The last 20 years of the rivalry have gone in favor of the Indians, winning 17-3. The current head coach of the John Burroughs Indians is Keith Knoop, who ironically, is in fact a Burbank alumni. The head coach for the Burbank Bulldogs is Hector Valencia, also a Burbank alumni. [36][37][38]


Notre Dame High School (West Haven, Connecticut) Hamden High School (Hamden, Connecticut) 37-22-2 1951 Notre Dame High School maintains a long-standing football rivalry with Hamden High School. Since 1951, Notre Dame's Green Knights and Hamden's Green Dragons have met in the annual "Green Bowl" game on Thanksgiving Day. [39]


St. Edward High School (Lakewood, Ohio) Saint Ignatius High School (Cleveland, Ohio) 27-21-1 1952 Commonly referred to as 'Eds-Ignatius game' or the 'Holy War', these two all-boys schools are only 6 miles apart, but have won 12 OHSAA Division I state football titles in the last 25 years, 18 football final four appearances (i.e., Greater Cleveland champions) and 69 Division I titles in various sports. The rivalry stems from the fact that the vast majority of students come from Cleveland's west side Catholic grade schools and as such, players playing against one another formerly played together in grade school. Adding to the rivalry is the fact that it is a high school version of the college Holy War, with St. Edward/University of Notre Dame both being Congregation of the Holy Cross schools and St. Ignatius/Boston College both being Jesuit schools. The rivalry is noted as being one of top ten high school football rivalries in the country by Rivals.com. Currently, St. Edward High School holds the "Holy War Trophy" which was created during the 2012-13 season. [40]


Redwood High School (Visalia, California) Mount Whitney High School (Visalia, California) 31-24-0 1955 The Cowhide game is fierce cross-town rivalry game held annually between Redwood and Mt. Whitney High. Every year, Redwood Rangers and Mt. Whitney Pioneers fight it out on the field for the Cowhide trophy, an actual cowhide. It has been a tradition between the two schools since 1955, and is the biggest sporting event in Visalia. People who never attended either of the rival high schools show up due to the intensity of the game and environment. The matchup is well covered in local newspapers as well as radio and television programs. It regularly draws a crowd of 9,000+. [41]


St. Xavier High School (Louisville, Kentucky) Trinity High School (Louisville, Kentucky) 31-30-2 1956 Dubbed the "St. X/Trinity Game", is one of the five biggest high school rivalries in the nation, according to USA Today and has been labeled the "best prep school rivalry in the country" by Sporting News. Played at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium, it has drawn more than 35,000 spectators in each of the last ten matchups. Part of the Great American Rivalry Series internet broadcast for several years, the game is also listed in Game of the Year: 50 Years of the Greatest High School Football Rivalry in America. [28][29][34][42][43][44]


Las Vegas High School (Las Vegas, Nevada) Rancho High School (North Las Vegas, Nevada) 28-25-1 1957 The oldest high school football rivalry in Nevada, The Bone Game, is the annual contest between the two oldest schools in Las Vegas. The winner of the game takes possession of "Sir Herkimer's Bone," a large cow bone that is preserved in bronze, until the following year. [45][46]


Permian High School (Odessa, Texas) Lee High School (Midland, Texas) 29-19-1 1961 The Permian-Lee rivalry is featured in the H. G. Bissinger book Friday Night Lights and in the movie and the TV series, and featured in the documentary, Friday Nights in America. The 2004 matchup between the schools is believed to be the first live telecast of a regular-season high school football game in Texas. The station pre-empted the National League baseball playoff game scheduled to be broadcast in order to carry the rivalry game. [28][47][48][49][50][51]


Warner Robins High School (Warner Robins, Georgia) Northside High School (Warner Robins, Georgia) 33-20-0 1964 One of the Peach State's most heated rivalry games, this matchup features two programs with great histories. The interest in the rivalry is supplemented by the city's proximity to Robins Air Force Base: Georgia's Largest Employer. The series is currently known as "The Showdown at the MAC." The rivalry traditionally splits the town of Warner Robins in half, and they often play host to 20,000+ spectators in the stands and surrounding grounds of McConnell-Talbert Stadium. Between 1967 and 2005, WRHS and NHS were in the same region. Only five times did both schools not finish in the top 3 of the region. [52][53][54][55]


Clinton-Massie High School (Clarksville, Ohio) Blanchester High School (Blanchester, Ohio) 25-18-0 1964 Dubbed the Cider Keg Game, this game is played for a red, white, and blue keg. It is the oldest rivalry in Ohio involving a traveling trophy. [9]


Rock Hill High School (Rock Hill, South Carolina) Northwestern High School (Rock Hill, South Carolina) 22-21-0 1964 One of the Carolinas' biggest high school rivalries and ranked by a top high school football rivalries by Sporting News and StudentSports.com. The annual game was the first in the area to have its video broadcast live over the internet. The audio of the game has also been broadcast over the internet by the Great American Rivalry Series. [28][29][34][56][57]


Decatur High School (Decatur, Alabama) Austin High School (Decatur, Alabama) 30-14-0 1965 This rivalry is considered the most heated in North Alabama high school football. The game is held in Ogle Stadium on the campus of Decatur High and consistently draws crowds of 12,000 to 13,000 each year. [58][59][60]


Cathedral Catholic High School (formerly University of San Diego High School) (San Diego, California) St. Augustine High School (San Diego, California) 32-17-0 1966 Since 1966, the University of San Diego High School (now Cathedral Catholic) Dons and the St. Augustine Saints have assembled at least once a year to compete in the highly anticipated "Holy Bowl," formerly known as the Charity Bowl. The Dons upset a dominant Saints football team in their first meeting with a 30-7 win. The next eight match-ups favored the Saints with seven wins and the Dons with one. As attendance during these meetings grew, school administrators proposed the idea that their annual meeting should benefit schools. The Dons-Saints game became known as the Charity Bowl and would raise money for Catholic schools in San Diego County. The first ever Charity Bowl took place in 1974 at San Diego Stadium (now Qualcomm Stadium) and drew a crowd of 18,000, including Bob Hope who provided halftime entertainment. The Saints went on to win the inaugural Charity Bowl. The Dons would redeem themselves, however, winning twelve out of thirteen games from 1975-1987. The Dons continued to show their dominance, winning eight out of thirteen games from 1988-2000, including two shutouts. From 2001 to 2012, the Dons have won seven games while the Saints have won six. The 2007 Holy Bowl was cancelled due to the California wildfires and was not rescheduled. Holy Bowl games are hosted at San Diego Mesa College and Southwestern College when St. Augustine is the home team in order to accommodate the large crowd. [61][62]


Valdosta High School (Valdosta, Georgia) Lowndes High School (Valdosta, Georgia) 33-12-0 1968 Known as "The Winnersville Classic," the rivalry game currently attracts around 14,000 spectators. [28][63][64]


Napa High School (Napa, California) Vintage High School (Napa, California) 23-15-2 1971 Known as "The Big Game," pitting cross town rivals against each other at Napa's Memorial Stadium. In 2008, an ESPN article ranked the venue where the game is played #4 in a list of best high school stadiums.[65] The 6400 seat stadium was remodeled in 2010.[66] [67][68]


Brookstone High School (Columbus, Georgia) Pacelli High School (Columbus, Georgia) 26-14-1 1972 This rivalry, known as the "Battle for the Jug," is played between the largest private schools in Columbus, Georgia. The winner receives the "Broocelli Jug", a blue and red milk jug with the scores of the last 10 games painted on it, as a trophy. [69]


Manatee High School (Bradenton, Florida) Southeast High School (Bradenton, Florida) 16-14 1974 The Manatee Hurricanes vs. the Southeast Seminoles is a crosstown rivalry that usually declares county supremacy. The game is part of the "Great American Rivalry Series" sponsored by the Air Force. The two teams have clashed 30 times, with Manatee holding a slight edge (16-14). The game is one that the whole community looks forward to in September. The game attracts an audience of about 6,000. [70]


Gainesville High School (Gainesville, Georgia) North Hall High School (Gainesville, Georgia) 18-4-0 1974 "North Hall-GHS" usually takes place in early to mid September and draws an annual crowd of over 10,000 and received national attention on September 14, 1990 when the game was broadcast live nationwide by the ESPN network. The game played was a 19-13 thriller win for North Hall, their 2nd in the series. The winner of this game has been crowned GHSA Region 7-AAA Champion each season since 2002 with the exception of 2006 when the Elephants of Gainesville pulled out a dramatic 29-28 win over the Trojans of North Hall but suffered down the stretch thus allowing the Trojans to take sole possession of first place. This heated rivalry, in recent years, has gone as far as fighting amongst students and even vandalism to respective campuses which threatens this classic North Georgia rivalry altogether. [71]


Naples High School (Naples, Florida) Lely High School (Naples, Florida) 22-15 1974 The longest continuous football rivalry in Collier County began on Thanksgiving Day in 1974. The "Coconut Bowl" was the brainchild of the school principals - Clyde Quinby from the upstart Lely Trojans and Dave Jacobs of the established Naples Golden Eagles. Naples High was split into two schools with Naples High remaining on the North side of town and Lely taking over in East Naples. The winner of this fall classic would lay claim to the Coconut Bowl Trophy a.k.a. the "Nut", and keep it until the next game, when once again, it would go to the winner. Lely won the first contest, and since then, Naples has dominated the series, taking an overall 22-15 advantage in games won. [72]


North Hunterdon High School (Clinton Township, New Jersey) Voorhees High School (Glen Gardner, New Jersey) 23-12-1 1976 The annual Milk Can Game is their last game of the season. After the conclusion of the game, a gold colored milk can is awarded to the winner. This school receives bragging rights and ownership of the can until the next year's game. [73][74][75][76][77]


The Westminster Schools (Atlanta, Georgia) The Lovett School (Atlanta, Georgia) 14-8-0 1976 Dubbed "The Battle of Buckhead," The Westminster Schools and The Lovett School face off every year, often regarded as one of the biggest high school football games in the Atlanta area. Regarded as two of the most prestigious private schools in the State of Georgia, these institutions have had a long history of heated rivalry games dating back to the 1950s. Prominent athletes such as Gordon Beckham, Sedrick Hodge, Knox Culpepper, and Chip Myrick have all played in this contest, as well as public official and Georgia State Senator Candidate Hunter Hill. Sportsmanship has been known to be poor during these games, as the game was discontinued from 1981 to 1994. Even in recent years, both schools have come under scrutiny for bad behavior at the game, as many Westminster fans were seen holding a giant banner during the 2007 contest, which stated "Thanks for Applying," a sign of disrespect towards their Lovett opponents. Still, both schools manage to promotes positive attitudes and contributions towards their community, as proceeds from the annual rivalry t-shirts go to benefit the Habitat for Humanity Foundation. Likewise, students, faculty, and parents of the schools maintain strong friendships with their down-the-street rival and play an integral part in the affluent Buckhead community. [78][79][80]


Glencoe High School (Hillsboro, Oregon) Hillsboro High School (Hillsboro, Oregon) 21-6-0 1980 Cross-town rivals schools with winner getting bragging rights to Hare Field, the stadium is shared between the two schools and the "Home" School rotates every year. The annual rivalry game was presented on the Great American Rivalry Series internet broadcast in 2007. [34][81]


Trumbull High School (Trumbull, Connecticut) St.Joseph's High School (Trumbull, Connecticut) 21-5 1985 St.Joseph's High school was constructed in Trumbull, CT in 1962. It was build to be the premier prep school in Fairfield County. In 1985, they began to play against in-town rival Trumbull High School, the public high school of that area. The Cadets would play the Eagles every year, up until 1989, when the Cadets changed athletic conferences. In 1993, the rivalry was renewed and is now considered one of Southern Connecticut's most heated rivalries, with nearly 5,000 people attending all the way from New York each year. Recently, the Cadets have had the upper-hand, even capturing two Class S state Championships, but the Eagles hold the overall series lead by a very wide margin. [82]


Tarpon Springs High School (Tarpon Springs, Florida) East Lake High School (Tarpon Springs, Florida) 14-8 1987 The Tarpon Springs Spongers were the dominant force in the Tarpon area, making it to the state championship game in 1986. East Lake High School opened the following year, only 15 miles away from the Tarpon campus, and thus driving many would-be Tarpon players to East Lake. Because many of the players and students went to middle school together, animosity was formed from both sides, with the game being the most attended of the year for both schools. Attendance usually ranges from 4,000 to 10,000, almost certain to be a sellout. [83]


Broad Run High School (Ashburn, Virginia) Briar Woods High School (Ashburn, Virginia) 4-3 2007 This rivalry is called the Battle of the Burn. The first game in 2007 was a 21-15 victory setting the stage for a heated rivalry between two of the most prestigious High Schools in the Ashburn area. Broad Run has dominated the rivalry but Briar Woods has won in the more recent years. These two schools have play each other every year . [84]


Neuqua Valley High School Waubonsie Valley High School 13-4 1999 This rivalry is called the War of 204. It's well known for its games at North Central College in early October or late September.


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