Bring on the tail-gating, cookouts, face painting, crowd cheering, pep rallies, halftime showdowns, hometown pride and mud-slinging battles in the trenches. High school football is back on the field for a new season and the 2012 Great American Rivalry Series presented by the United States Marine Corps travels to West Islip, New York to cover the action.
On Saturday, October 13th, the West Islip Lions and the North Babylon Bulldogs will take the field for week eight of the 2012 Great American Rivalry Series. Upwards of 5,000 fans are expected to come out and pack the stands to witness New York high school football at its best.
The West Islip-North Babylon game is one of 72 must-see match ups selected for the Marine-sponsored 2012 Rivalry Series. These teams have not faced each other since the 2010 season when North Babylon beat the Lions 13-9 on their home field. The Lions and Bulldogs have split the last 6 games in the series with the Bulldogs winning the last 2.
GreatAmericanRivalry.com provides fans with all the coverage they need for their favorite rivalry games, past and present. A preview of each game is posted every week with details about each team and the history of that rivalry game. After the game, fans can look through photo galleries as well as view a recap of the game.
The winning team not only earns bragging rights but also the coveted Great American Rivalry Series Champion trophy, presented on field by a United States Marine. The game’s Most Valuable Player is also named by media in attendance, and the Series awards the top student-athlete from each school a college scholarship.
For many seniors, this may be the last big game of their high school athletic careers and the climax of their “Glory Days.” But for two alumni the spotlight will shine again as they are inducted into the Great American Rivalry Series Hall of Fame during a halftime ceremony, honoring their past performance in this classic rivalry.
Student and fans are also encouraged to compete on behalf of their school by taking the Rivalry Series United States Marine Corps Chin-up Challenge. The school completing the most chin-ups will be awarded the Chin-up Challenge trophy, presented by the Marines during the game.
“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 cultural phenomenon of Friday night high school football. The Series shines the spotlight on classic gridiron clashes where expectations are sky high and die-hard fans abound.
For more information, contact 859-225-3399 or visit www.greatamericanrivalry.com. Phone interviews with Great American Rivalry Series’ founder, Richard A. Ford, are available upon request.