PROVO – In the 11 years since its formation in 2004 the Great American Rivalry Series has celebrated the uniquely American sport and the cultural phenomenon it refers to as “Friday Night in America.”
The Series has visited more than 500 games in 40 states and continues to shine the spotlight on top high school football rivalries across the nation, “where long-standing traditions are valued, expectations are sky-high, and fans are committed.”
This week, one of the features games in the Great American Rivalry Series is the battle for the city of Provo, as 4-0 Provo travels across town to face 3-1 Timpview in a game that has major implications in the Region 7 standings.
This will be the 37th meeting between the Thunderbirds and Bulldogs in a rivalry that began in 1977. Timpview, with its 11 state titles, leads the series 29-7, and is the current three-time defending 4A state champion.
Series founder Rick Ford notes that, “With all the traditions of these games including bonfires, pep rallies, and parades, high school football has brought communities together to watch their teams compete in these classic battles for more than a hundred years.”
This game in the Great American Rivalry Series is sponsored by the United States Marine Corps and in addition to local bragging rights, the winning team will take home the Great American Rivalry Series Champions trophy, presented by the Marines.
The game’s most valuable player and the top student-athlete from each school are also recognized as part of the Series. Along with these awards, an alumnus from each school will be inducted into the 12th class of the Great American Rivalry Series Hall of Fame.
“We are excited to partner once again with the Great American Rivalry Series,” said Leroy Pennington, Marketing Specialist for the United States Marine Corps “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
Featuring some of the longest running rivalries in high school football, the 2015 Great American Rivalry Series will feature 100 showdowns nationwide. All of these great games come with great football, hard earned sweat and a heavy dose of hometown pride.
For the 12th year, the Great American Rivalry Series has selected an exclusive collection of top-notch rivalries across the country. Wrapped in tradition, these annual battles excite entire communities, while celebrating the schools, their teams, and their fans.
You can find more information at GreatAmericanRivalry.com or through the Series’ Twitter (@AmericanRivalry), Facebook, YouTube and Instagram accounts. Previews and past results will be posted throughout the season with details of the teams and the history of the rivalries, and after the game. Fans can relive the excitement with photo galleries and game recaps.
Fans can add to the intensity of the rivalry via Twitter, Facebook, Instagram using #GreatAmericanRivalry. The Rivalry can also be found on Pinterest (AmericanRivalry) and YouTube. Fan photos posted with this hashtag may be featured on the Great American Rivalry Series website’s new Fan Photo Gallery, Pinterest Page and promoted via our other social media outlets.