2008 Great American Rivalry Preview
August 14, 2008By Jeffrey Stevenson of Clarksdale High School
Other games featured in the Series this year:
UNION VS. JENKS, Tulsa OK: It has been dubbed by one source "the best high school football rivalry in the nation". The Backyard Bowl, played at the University of Tulsa, has drawn over 40,000 fans. Union and Jenks, based less than ten miles apart, have become the leading teams in Oklahoma state football in the recent years, even facing off in the state championships. Both teams have been ranked nationally and have been known to bring a show. Last year Union defeated Jenks in overtime 43-42 after a fourth quarter comeback.
ST. XAVIER VS. TRINITY, Louisville KY: Separated by only five miles, two of Kentucky's finest football teams go head to head at the Papa John's Cardinal Stadium at the University of Louisville. For ten straight years the stadium has been pack withed 30,000+ fans cheering on their favorite team as they play for rivalry bragging rights. St. Xavier holds the series record thus far 32-29- 2. Both teams have won state titles, often battling each other for the title, and have been nationally ranked. These powerhouse
teams will give everyone what they are asking for, a grudge match where players stretch themselves to the limit to take home the Series title.
SKYLINE VS. IDAHO FALLS, Idaho Falls ID: This rivalry game appropriately called the "Emotion Bowl" started with the development of a new high school. As the name states emotions run high because not only does the winning team get bragging rights for the next year they also get to paint the losing teams goal post their team colors of the shared stadium. Idaho Falls has dominated this rivalry since 1996. Who's year will it be this year?
VALDOSTA VS. LOWNDES, Valdosta GA: This will be the 40th year matchup between the Vikings and the Wildcats. This is not a rivalry game; this is a war with Valdosta holding the series at 33-12. Don't count Lowndes out, before their 2007 game they had won five straight years in a row. This series dubbed the "Winnersville Classic" dates back to 1968 and the town splits in half every game day during the bitter battle.
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