List of high school football rivalries less than 100 years old

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This is a list of US high school American football rivalries less than 100 years old.

Series Leader Series Rival Series Record Series Began Notes References
Abington Senior High School Cheltenham High School 54-33-6 1915 The fifth-oldest public high school football rivalry in Pennsylvania, the seventh of all schools. The rivalry is between the senior high schools of neighboring Abington and Cheltenham townships. The two schools are less than 2 miles apart from each other. Location changes between both schools each year. [1]

Napoleon High School (Napoleon, Ohio) Defiance High School (Defiance, Ohio) 49-39-2 1916 Dubbed the "Maumee River Rivalry" because the 2 towns are located approximately 15 miles apart with both situated on the Maumee River. [2]

Hollywood High School (Hollywood, California) Van Nuys High School (Van Nuys, California) 1916 One of the oldest high school rivalries in Los Angeles. Both high schools have graduated a number of famous Hollywood celebrities, and NFL Hall-of-Famer Bob Waterfield was a VNHS alum.

Thomasville High School (Thomasville, AL) Clarke County High School (Grove Hill, AL) 61-30-8 1917 Separated by 15 miles the two compete in a three-way rivalry similar to the Army-Navy-Air Force rivalry. [1]

Jackson High School (Jackson, AL) Clarke County High School (Grove Hill, AL) 63-29-8 1917 Separated by 15 miles the two compete in a three-way rivalry similar to the Army-Navy-Air Force rivalry. [2]

Lancaster High School (Lancaster, New York) Depew High School (Depew, New York) 48-32-6 1919 The oldest rivalry in New York State, it was ranked one of the top 15 in the nation by USA Today in 1993. The series took an eight-year break in the 1930s when the series got so intense fan safety was a concern. The annual game draws close to 20,000 spectators.[3] [4]

Albion High School (Albion, New York) Medina High School (New York) 51-39-4 1920 One of the oldest rivalries in Western New York. The last regular season game for both schools, thousands attend from each town located only ten miles apart. [5]

Loyola Blakefield (Baltimore, Maryland) Calvert Hall College High School (Baltimore, Maryland) 46-33-8 1920 Annual Thanksgiving football game. The rivalry is one of the oldest between two Catholic High Schools in the U.S. The "Turkey Bowl" is played in the Baltimore Ravens' M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore, Maryland [6]

North Attleborough High School (North Attleborough, Massachusetts) Attleboro High School (Attleboro, Massachusetts) 55-27-8 1921 Eighty-nine of the 90 games have been played on the holiday, with one game played as a state divisional Super Bowl. North Attleboro has been dominant over the past 20 years, but the game has grown closer and is now a league game with Attleboro's recent membership in the Hockomock League. [7]

Watertown High School (Watertown, Massachusetts) Belmont High School (Belmont, Massachusetts) 42-41-4 1921 This rivalry has been back and forth over the last 89 years. The game in 1940 was cancelled due to snow. [8]

St. Joseph's Collegiate Institute (Kenmore, New York) Canisius High School (Buffalo, New York) 47-32-3 1921 The schools, less than 4 miles from each other, are the premier private, Catholic schools in Western New York. The series was suspended for 17 years between 1931 and 1948 due to the intense nature of the games, but the Bishop of Buffalo later required the rivalry to be reinstated in 1948 when a Catholic league was formed. The attendance record currently stands at 28,009. [9]

Upper Darby High School (Upper Darby Township, Delaware County, Pennsylvania) Haverford High School (Havertown, Pennsylvania) 41-39-6 1921 One of the oldest Thanksgiving Day rivalry games in the Pennsylvania, the schools are just 2.5 miles apart. [10]

Ravenna High School (Ravenna, Ohio) Theodore Roosevelt High School (Kent, Ohio) 44-43-2 1921 Ravenna and Kent have always been rival towns, but the high schools' rivalry is especially harsh. The schools have been completing for the millennium trophy (retired to Ravenna in 2009) since 1999. The two schools now compete for "Big R", a glass trophy that will annually travel to the winning school. [11]

Hardee High School (Wauchula, Florida) DeSoto County High School (Arcadia, Florida) 58-30-5 1921 Oldest rivalry in the State of Florida. [12]

St. Augustine High School (St. Augustine, Florida) Palatka High School (Palatka, Florida) 46-42-3 1922 There's no big trophy to be won in this rivalry, just a district title and good old fashioned hate. The 2nd oldest rivalry in the State of Florida. [13]

Oakdale High School (Oakdale, California) Sonora High School (Sonora, California) 57-31-5 1922 Single-high school rivals that always play the last game of the Vally Oak League season against each other, often drawing crowds of 15,000 or more. [14][dead link]
Easley High School (Easley, South Carolina) Pickens High School (Pickens, South Carolina) 36-19-1 1923 the annual Sam Wyche Food Fight Bowl pits the Easley Green Wave against the Pickens Blue Flame in a game that attracts around 11,000 fans. The schools compete for two trophies: the Ultimate Food Fight Trophy goes two the school who raises the most money for the Pickens County Meals-on-Wheels and the Food Fight Bowl Trophy goes to the team that wins the football game. [15][16]

Concord High School (Concord, North Carolina) A. L. Brown High School (Kannapolis, North Carolina) 42-38-4 1924 Dubbed the "Battle for the Bell", the two high schools face off for bragging rights and a coveted 1940s Southern Railway Bell, donated to promote sportsmanship in the series for the 1950 game. The Bell is painted in transom of the winner's colors, a tribute to the textile heritage of Kannapolis and Concord. [17]

Mansfield High School (Mansfield, Massachusetts) Foxborough High School (Foxborough, Massachusetts) 44-32-3 1925 Neighboring towns in southeastern Massachusetts with deep ties played each other for the first time in 1925, but did not play on Thanksgiving until 1947. The game was played four times in Schaefer Stadium, home of the New England Patriots, in the 1970s before returning to home schools' fields. [7]

Northampton High School (Northampton, Pennsylvania) Catasauqua High School (Catasauqua, Pennsylvania) 54-31-4 1925 These two high schools from neighboring towns first played each other in 1925. Beginning in 1927, the game was agreed to be played on Thanksgiving Day from the onset of the season. [18][19]

Theodore Roosevelt High School (Los Angeles) Garfield High School (Los Angeles County, California) 40-29-6 1926 This game, officially called the "East Los Angeles Classic" since 1972, matches two high schools from East Los Angeles, California. Played at East Los Angeles College, it regularly draws attendance in excess of 20,000. [20]

Burlingame High School (Burlingame, California) San Mateo High School (San Mateo, California) 50-32-4 1927 The rivalry, known as "The Little Big Game", started in 1927 and is one of the oldest in northern California. It was inspired by the Stanford-Cal game, which is commonly called “The Big Game.” Burlingame won “The Paw” for the ninth time in the last 10 seasons, beating San Mateo 48-0. Burlingame leads the all-time series 50-32-4. [21]

Chelmsford High School (Chelmsford, Massachusetts) Billerica Memorial High School (Billerica, Massachusetts) 54-23-5 1927 Annual Thanksgiving football game. One of the oldest in the Greater Lowell suburban area of Massachusetts. The "Police Chiefs Trophy" is awarded to the winning team each year. The 2010 game saw Chelmsford come from behind in the final minute to win the game, 21-14. [22]


Maryville High School (Maryville, Tennessee) Alcoa High School (Alcoa, Tennessee) 56-23-3 1927 The biggest football game in the state of Tennessee. Historically known as "Clash of the Champions" Alcoa (3A) and Maryville (6A) lead the state in most State Championships won. (12 each) [24]

Bristol Warriors (Bristol, Pennsylvania) Morrisville Bulldogs (Morrisville, Pennsylvania) 44-35-4 1928 The Thanksgiving gridiron rivalry between the two schools goes back to 1928 when the Warriors notched the first of nine straight wins over the Bulldogs. Bristol has won the last 11 battles with Morrisville dating back to 2000 including last year’s 40-0 shutout.


Park Panthers (Racine, Wisconsin) Horlick Rebels (Racine, Wisconsin) 52-30-6 1928 Cross town rivals since the founding of both schools by splitting Racine High School in 1928/1929. It is said to be one of the oldest prep football rivalries in Wisconsin.[26] [27]

Clear Lake High School (Lakeport, California) Kelseyville High School (Kelseyville, California) 37-33-7 1930 Oldest, most contentious rivalry in Lake County, California. Most recently the game has been deemed the "Bass Bowl" as the schools are near Clear Lake. A carved wooden trophy of a big mouth bass goes to the winning school for the year. [28]

Barstow High School (Barstow, California) Victor Valley High School (Victorville, California) 45-41-4 1932 Dubbed the "Axe Game", the two high schools in the High Desert of Southern California, play for bragging rights and, until the 1950s, an old fireman's axe. In the 1950s, the fireman's axe was stolen from Barstow High School's trophy case and replaced with the current axe. [29]

Hatboro-Horsham High School (Hatboro, Pennsylvania) Upper Moreland High School (Willow Grove, Pennsylvania) 49-20-5 1935 With the first three shows in this rivalry ending in a win, a loss, and a tie, the Golden Bears and the Hatters have competed on every Thanksgiving ever since the depressed 1930s. Though now in different divisions, the two teams continue to light up the annual game. [30]

Murphy High School (Mobile, Alabama) McGill-Toolen Catholic High School (Mobile, Alabama) 46-30-1 1935 One of the oldest rivalries in the state of Alabama, the McGill–Murphy game is traditionally played the Thursday or Friday before Halloween. Though bragging rights and school pride are a major part of the game, both schools compete for the right to "paint the cannon". This is a long-running tradition in which the students of the winning school paint the Cannon in Mobile with the colors of the victorious school (orange for a McGill victory, blue for a Murphy victory). One of the most heated matches in the area, the rivalry has been dubbed the Cannon Bowl by residents. [31]

Fort Hill High School (Cumberland, Maryland) Allegany High School (Cumberland, Maryland) 44-29-4 1936 Game serves as Homecoming for both schools, including the presentation of each school's Homecoming Queen and court at halftime. It is played at Greenway Avenue Stadium in Cumberland, which serves as the home field for both schools. Locally known simply as "Homecoming", the game routinely draws 10 to 14 thousand fans, in a town of about 20,000 people. The winner keeps "The Black Kettle", a traveling trophy with the scores from all the previous games engraved. Subject of a one-hour NFL Films documentary on Versus. [32][33]

Abraham Lincoln High School (San Jose, California) San Jose High Academy 38-24-0 1943 "Big Bone Game," it is the only Thanksgiving-Day high school football rivalry game that is held west of Missouri. Lincoln once passed up a postseason playoff bid so that it could play the Big Bone Game on Thanksgiving. The trophy that is passed to the winner is a cow femur that was found by a Lincoln student in his uncle's butcher shop. The rivalry has been recognized as one of the most unusual and intense in the country by Sporting News and [34][35][36]

Jenks High School (Jenks, Oklahoma) Union High School (Tulsa, Oklahoma) 1946 Known as the "Backyard Bowl," the rivalry has received coverage by Sporting News and is the subject of a Versus documentary produced by NFL Films. The annual game is played at the University of Tulsa and has drawn crowds of over 40,000. The annual rivalry game was presented on the Great American Rivalry Series internet broadcast in 2007. One of these two teams has won Oklahoma's Class 6A (large school) title every year since 1996. [32][34][35][37][38][39][40][41]

Trion High School (Trion, Georgia) Gordon Lee High School (Chickamauga, Georgia) 56-21 1933 (annually since 1946) This game is the oldest continuous series in the state of Georgia. The two teams met for the very first time in 1933, skipping the 1943 and 1945 seasons during the war and have been playing annually since 1946 where Trion holds a significant edge in the series. [42][43]

John Burroughs High School (Burbank, California) Burbank High School (Burbank, California) 41-22-0 1949 The annual "Big Game" between cross town rivals the Burbank High School Bulldogs and the John Burroughs High School Indians is the last regular season game, and last league game, for both schools. Its takes place at Memorial Field located on the campus of John Burroughs High School and draws and average attendance close to 10,000 people. [44][45][46]

Notre Dame High School (West Haven, Connecticut) Hamden High School (Hamden, Connecticut) 37-22-2 1951 Notre Dame High School maintains a long-standing football rivalry with Hamden High School. Since 1951, Notre Dame's Green Knights and Hamden's Green Dragons have met in the annual "Green Bowl" game on Thanksgiving Day. [47]

St. Edward High School (Lakewood, Ohio) Saint Ignatius High School (Cleveland, Ohio) 27-21-1 1952 Commonly referred to as 'Eds-Ignatius game' or the 'Holy War', these two all-boys schools are only 6 miles apart, but have won 12 OHSAA Division I state football titles in the last 25 years, 18 football final four appearances (i.e., Greater Cleveland champions) and 69 Division I titles in various sports. The rivalry stems from the fact that the vast majority of students come from Cleveland's west side Catholic grade schools and as such, players playing against one another formerly played together in grade school. The rivalry is noted as being one of top ten high school football rivalries in the country by [48]

Martha's Vineyard High School (Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts) Nantucket High School (Nantucket, Massachusetts) 35-28-3 1953 Dubbed "The Island Cup", the winner of the annual game receives the "Island Cup Trophy", which sits on display in the respective winners' school for the duration of the year. The schools alternate playing the game at each others respective home fields each year. The visiting team travels via ferry or plane to the home-team island (Martha's Vineyard or Nantucket), as do all the parents and fans attending the game. [49]


Redwood High School (Visalia, California) Mount Whitney High School (Visalia, California) 31-24-0 1955 The Cowhide game is fierce cross-town rivalry game held annually between Redwood and Mt. Whitney High. Every year, Redwood Rangers and Mt. Whitney Pioneers fight it out on the field for the Cowhide trophy, an actual cowhide. It has been a tradition between the two schools since 1955, and is the biggest sporting event in Visalia. People who never attended either of the rival high schools show up due to the intensity of the game and environment. The matchup is well covered in local newspapers as well as radio and television programs. It regularly draws a crowd of 9,000+. [51]

St. Xavier High School (Louisville, Kentucky) Trinity High School (Louisville, Kentucky) 31-30-2 1956 Dubbed the "St. X/Trinity Game", is one of the five biggest high school rivalries in the nation, according to USA Today and has been labeled the "best prep school rivalry in the country" by Sporting News. Played at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium, it has drawn more than 35,000 spectators in each of the last ten matchups. [34][35][40][52][53][54]

Las Vegas High School (Las Vegas, Nevada) Rancho High School (North Las Vegas, Nevada) 28-25-1 1957 The oldest high school football rivalry in Nevada, The Bone Game, is the annual contest between the two oldest schools in Las Vegas. The winner of the game takes possession of "Sir Herkimer's Bone," a large cow bone that is preserved in bronze, until the following year. [55][56]

Permian High School (Odessa, Texas) Lee High School (Midland, Texas) 29-19-1 1961 The Permian-Lee rivalry is featured in the H. G. Bissinger book Friday Night Lights and in the movie and the TV series, and featured in the documentary, Friday Nights in America. The 2004 matchup between the schools is believed to be the first live telecast of a regular-season high school football game in Texas. The station pre-empted the National League baseball playoff game scheduled to be broadcast in order to carry the rivalry game. [34][57][58][59][60][61]

Warner Robins High School (Warner Robins, Georgia) Northside High School (Warner Robins, Georgia) 33-20-0 1964 One of the Peach State's most heated rivalry games, this matchup features two programs with great histories. The interest in the rivalry is supplemented by the city's proximity to Robins Air Force Base: Georgia's Largest Employer. The series is currently known as "The Showdown at the MAC." The rivalry traditionally splits the town of Warner Robins in half, and they often play host to 20,000+ spectators in the stands and surrounding grounds of McConnell-Talbert Stadium. Between 1967 and 2005, WRHS and NHS were in the same region. Only five times did both schools not finish in the top 3 of the region. [62][63][64][65]

Clinton-Massie High School (Clarksville, Ohio) Blanchester High School (Blanchester, Ohio) 25-18-0 1964 Dubbed the Cider Keg Game, this game is played for a red, white, and blue keg. It is the oldest rivalry in Ohio involving a traveling trophy. [66]

Rock Hill High School (Rock Hill, South Carolina) Northwestern High School (Rock Hill, South Carolina) 22-21-0 1964 One of the Carolinas' biggest high school rivalries and ranked by a top high school football rivalries by Sporting News and The annual game was the first in the area to have its video broadcast live over the internet. The audio of the game has also been broadcast over the internet by the Great American Rivalry Series. [34][35][40][67][68]

Decatur High School (Decatur, Alabama) Austin High School (Decatur, Alabama) 30-14-0 1965 This rivalry is considered the most heated in North Alabama high school football. The game is held in Ogle Stadium on the campus of Decatur High and consistently draws crowds of 12,000 to 13,000 each year. [69][70][71]

Cathedral Catholic High School (formerly University of San Diego High School) (San Diego, California) St. Augustine High School (San Diego, California) 32-17-0 1966 Since 1966, the University of San Diego High School (now Cathedral Catholic) Dons and the St. Augustine Saints have assembled at least once a year to compete in the highly anticipated "Holy Bowl," formerly known as the Charity Bowl. Holy Bowl games are hosted at San Diego Mesa College and Southwestern College when St. Augustine is the home team in order to accommodate the large crowd. [72][73]

Valdosta High School (Valdosta, Georgia) Lowndes High School (Valdosta, Georgia) 33-12-0 1968 Known as "The Winnersville Classic," the rivalry game currently attracts around 14,000 spectators. [34][74][75]

Flagstaff High School Coconino High School 24-22 1969 The annual meeting between the Coconino Panthers and the Flagstaff Eagles is the best high school rivalry in Arizona. It is a crosstown matchup between the two public high schools in Flagstaff, Arizona. The game is played at the Walkup Skydome at Northern Arizona University; its original seating in 1977 was 15,000, with the game regularly meeting capacity. Since the rivalry began in 1969, the teams have combined for thirteen division titles, 39 playoff berths, and six state championships. [76]

Napa High School (Napa, California) Vintage High School (Napa, California) 26-15-2 1971 Known as "The Big Game," pitting cross town rivals against each other at Napa's Memorial Stadium. In 2008, an ESPN article ranked the venue where the game is played #4 in a list of best high school stadiums.[77] The 6400 seat stadium was remodeled in 2010.[78] [79][80][81][82]

Brookstone High School (Columbus, Georgia) Pacelli High School (Columbus, Georgia) 26-14-1 1972 This rivalry, known as the "Battle for the Jug," is played between the largest private schools in Columbus, Georgia. The winner receives the "Broocelli Jug", a blue and red milk jug with the scores of the last 10 games painted on it, as a trophy. [83]

Manatee High School (Bradenton, Florida) Southeast High School (Bradenton, Florida) 16-14-0 1974 The Manatee Hurricanes vs. the Southeast Seminoles is a crosstown rivalry that usually declares county supremacy. The game is part of the "Great American Rivalry Series" sponsored by the Air Force. The two teams have clashed 30 times, with Manatee holding a slight edge (16-14). The game is one that the whole community looks forward to in September. The game attracts an audience of about 6,000. [84]

Gainesville High School (Gainesville, Georgia) North Hall High School (Gainesville, Georgia) 18-4-0 1974 "North Hall-GHS" usually takes place in early to mid September and draws an annual crowd of over 10,000 and received national attention on September 14, 1990 when the game was broadcast live nationwide by the ESPN network. The game played was a 19-13 thriller win for North Hall, their 2nd in the series. The winner of this game has been crowned GHSA Region 7-AAA Champion each season since 2002 with the exception of 2006 when the Elephants of Gainesville pulled out a dramatic 29-28 win over the Trojans of North Hall but suffered down the stretch thus allowing the Trojans to take sole possession of first place. [85]

Naples High School (Naples, Florida) Lely High School (Naples, Florida) 22-15-0 1974 The longest continuous football rivalry in Collier County began on Thanksgiving Day in 1974. The "Coconut Bowl" was the brainchild of the school principals - Clyde Quinby from the upstart Lely Trojans and Dave Jacobs of the established Naples Golden Eagles. Naples High was split into two schools with Naples High remaining on the North side of town and Lely taking over in East Naples. The winner of this fall classic would lay claim to the Coconut Bowl Trophy a.k.a. the "Nut", and keep it until the next game, when once again, it would go to the winner. [86]

North Hunterdon High School (Clinton Township, New Jersey) Voorhees High School (Glen Gardner, New Jersey) 23-12-1 1976 The annual Milk Can Game is their last game of the season. After the conclusion of the game, a gold colored milk can is awarded to the winner. This school receives bragging rights and ownership of the can until the next year's game. [87][88][89][90][91]

The Westminster Schools (Atlanta, Georgia) The Lovett School (Atlanta, Georgia) 14-8-0 1976 Dubbed "The Battle of Buckhead, often regarded as one of the biggest high school football games in the Atlanta area. Sportsmanship has been known to be poor during these games, as the game was discontinued from 1981 to 1994. [92][93][94]

Glencoe High School (Hillsboro, Oregon) Hillsboro High School (Hillsboro, Oregon) 21-6-0 1980 Cross-town rivals schools with winner getting bragging rights to Hare Field, the stadium is shared between the two schools and the "Home" School rotates every year. The annual rivalry game was presented on the Great American Rivalry Series internet broadcast in 2007. [40][95]

Mullen High School (Denver, CO) Cherry Creek High School (Greenwood Village, CO) 22-18-0 1983 Cherry Creek and Mullen both reside in the Denver-Metro Area and are super powers with a Combined 22 state championships. The series was tied going into 2008 before Mullen broke the tie in the state title game. To even add more fuel to the fire, the former Mullen coach and CU great Dave Logan soon became the head coach of Cherry Creek to start the 2012 season. 88 This rivalry is noted to be one of the most competitive and meaningful rivalry in Colorado. With the Emergence of Valor High School it could become more of a three team battle for the 5A state title, rather the past couple of years where it has been Mullen or Creek. 89

Tarpon Springs High School (Tarpon Springs, Florida) East Lake High School (Tarpon Springs, Florida) 14-8-0 1987 The Tarpon Springs Spongers were the dominant force in the Tarpon area, making it to the state championship game in 1986. East Lake High School opened the following year, only 15 miles away from the Tarpon campus, and thus driving many would-be Tarpon players to East Lake. Because many of the players and students went to middle school together, animosity was formed from both sides, with the game being the most attended of the year for both schools. Attendance usually ranges from 4,000 to 10,000, almost certain to be a sellout. [96]

Osceola High School (Kissimmee, Florida) St. Cloud High School (St. Cloud, Florida) 59-27-4 1925 Annual 91st game between the crosstown rivalries only 9 mile separate the two cities and one oldest high school football rivalry game in the State of Florida. [97]

Pennridge High School (Perkasie, Pennsylvania) Quakertown High School (Quakertown, Pennsylvania) 52-26-5 1930 Alternating between towns on Thanksgiving day each yeah, the 84th annual game between the crosstown rivalries pits two towns only 6 miles apart against one another. It is one of the oldest high school football rivalry games in the State of Pennsylvania. [98]

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