The 107th meeting between Aberdeen and Hoquiam on Sept. 7 will be available on iHigh.com. I know it’s out of our usual coverage area, but I thought it might have some general interest for high school football fans.
Here’s the press release iHigh.com sent about the game:
Bring on the tail-gating, cookouts, face painting, crowd cheering, pep rallies, halftime showdowns, hometown pride and mud-slinging battles in the trenches. High school football is back on the field for a new season and the 2012 Great American Rivalry Series presented by the United States Marine Corps travels to Aberdeen to cover the action.
On Friday, September 7th, at 7:00pm, longtime rivals the Aberdeen Bobcats and the Hoquiam Grizzlies will take the field for the 107th meeting between the two in week three of the 2012 Great American Rivalry Series. Upwards of 10,000 fans are expected to come out and pack the stands of Stewart Field to witness this historic rivalry.
The Aberdeen-Hoquiam is one of 67 must-see match ups selected for the Marine-sponsored 2012 Great American Rivalry Series. This tradition rich, annual rumble dates back to 1906 and is the oldest rivalry in the state of Washington, with Aberdeen leading the series 67-34-5. The two schools have split the last four games in the series with Hoquiam winning last year’s battle 45-16.
The winning team not only earns bragging rights but also the coveted Great American Rivalry Series Champion trophy, presented on field by a United States Marine. The game’s Most Valuable Player is also named by media in attendance, and the Series awards the top student-athlete from each school a college scholarship.
For many seniors, this may be the last big game of their high school career and the climax of their “Glory Days.” But for two alumni the spotlight will shine again as they are inducted into the Great American Rivalry Series Hall of Fame during a halftime ceremony, honoring their past performance in this historic rivalry.
Student and fans are also encouraged to compete on behalf of their school by taking the Rivalry Series United States Marine Corps Chin-up Challenge. The school completing the most chin-ups will be awarded the Chin-up Challenge trophy, presented by the Marines during the game.
“We are excited to partner once again with the Great American Rivalry Series,” said Leroy Pennington, Marketing Specialist AC/S Recruiting United States Marine Corps Eastern Recruiting Region, Parris Island, SC. “The elite status of this Series fits perfectly with the Elite Warrior brand of the Marine Corps and we are proud to stand alongside these outstanding young athletes.”
The Great American Rivalry Series emerged from a desire to celebrate the cultural phenomenon of Friday night high school football. The Series shines the spotlight on classic gridiron clashes where expectations are sky high and die-hard fans abound.