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August 28, 2013 at 5:16 PM

Great American Rivalry Series includes local prep football games

For the second straight year, and fourth time over the past seven seasons, the Bothell-Inglemoor football game will be part of the Great American Rivalry Series. Hoquiam vs. Aberdeen and Auburn vs. Kent-Meridian — Washington’s longest prep football rivalries — are also part of the 10th annual Series.

Not familiar with the program?

I admit I wasn’t, either, until I received a press release about it today, which I’ll share with you below. The focus in this release is on the Hoquiam-Aberdeen game, because it comes first, on Sept. 14. I’ve been told we’ll receive similar details when the other two local games near. They are actually scheduled back-to-back, with the Auburn/K-M game on Oct. 17 and Bothell/Inglemoor on Oct. 18.

The Hoquiam/Aberdeen rivalry is the longest in the state and is being featured for the second straight season. Auburn and K-M play for the Taylor Trophy, No. 2 in the state, and is in the Series for the first time. The Bothell-Inglemoor rivalry was first included in 2007, then again in 2009 and a third time last year.

Here is that complete press release:

Hoquiam, WA:  September 14, 2013 — Bring on the tailgating, face painting, pep rallies, halftime showdowns, cookouts, and packed stadiums.  Hometown pride and the annual battles-in-the-trenches are back as high school football returns with a new season and these classic matchups.

The 2013 Great American Rivalry Series presented by the United States Marine Corps and Hibbett Sports travels to Hoquiam, Washington on September 14 to highlight one of the most heated rivalries in the country: Hoquiam vs. Aberdeen

This year marks the 10th anniversary for the Great American Rivalry Series, an elite schedule of football contests across America selected due to their unique and long-standing traditions and rabid fan support. The series will cover 38 states and 68 cities throughout the high school football season, celebrating the schools, their teams, student-athletes, and fans.

Series founder Rick Ford notes that, “With its traditions of family gatherings, bonfires, and pep rallies, high school football has brought together communities to watch their teams compete for more than a hundred years.”

This is a game that certainly deserves celebration and national attention. The Hoquiam Grizzlies and Aberdeen Bobcats will take the field for week number four of the Series 10th year. Over 7,000 fans are expected to pack the stands at Hoquiam’s historic Olympic Stadium to witness this classic Washington showdown between these long-time rivals. provides fans with a gateway of complete coverage for their favorite rivalry games, past and present. Previews will be posted throughout the season with details of the teams and the history of the rivalries, and after the game, fans can look through photo galleries and read the recap.

From hundreds of annual rivalries, the Hoquiam-Aberdeen game was selected as one of the top 100 must-see match ups for the 10th Annual Series. These teams meet each year in what is Washington’s oldest rivalry as it dates back to 1906. Aberdeen leads the all-time series between two schools separated by Myrtle Street 67-36-5. Hoquiam won last season’s match up 49-6.

The winning team earns year-long bragging rights, but the coveted Great American Rivalry Series Champions trophy, presented on field by the Marines, is icing on the cake for a sweet victory.  The game’s Most Valuable Player will be named, and the Series also awards the top student-athlete from each school a college scholarship to the school of their choice. 

For many seniors, this will be the climax of their high school athletic careers. For two alumni at each game though, the spotlight will shine again as they are inducted into the 10th class of the Great American Rivalry Series Hall of Fame during a halftime ceremony, honoring their past performance in these classic rivalries.

 “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 uniquely American cultural phenomenon of high school football.  For a decade, the series spotlights classic gridiron clashes where expectations are sky high and die-hard fans abound.  The atmosphere is rare and for those playing, coaching or attending, it’s a truly Great American Experience.


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