High School Football Rivalries

M tots's picture
October 25, 2012 at 5:33p

In a lot of places, Week 10 is "rivalry week." I was just curious to hear about some of the rivalries you all have been a part of or are familiar with. Some of the more prominent ones that many of you are aware of would be Canton McKinley vs. Massilon Washington, St. Ignatius vs. St. Edward, etc. How about some other ones? Maybe they're not as well-known because the schools aren't as big, or aren't located near big cities.

One I know well is the third oldest rivalry in the state of Ohio between the Dover Tornadoes and New Philadelphia Quakers. The towns of Dover and New Philadelphia (both located in Tuscarawas County) share a border. Each has a population of roughly 15,000-20,000 people. The rivalry is so heated that during the week of the game, students on their lunch breaks are not allowed to eat at establishments in the other town.

The football teams will meet for the 109th time this Friday night. Time has shown the rivalry to be fairly even-- the 100th meeting featured the two teams deadlocked at an overall series record of 45-45-9. New Philadelphia won that game, but Dover has had some success the past few years, winning 7 consecutive games and now holds a 52-47-9 edge in the series.

A little bit about this year's game from the local paper, The Times Reporter: http://www.timesreporter.com/newsnow/x255957984/Dover-New-Philadelphia-fans-prepare-for-big-game-during-Spirit-Week

A book about the rivalry and some of its best games: http://www.amazon.com/The-Dover-Phila-Football-Rivalry-Tradition/dp/1596299916


What are some of the other great high school football rivalries?



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