Page (NC) vs. Grimsley (NC) Featured in Great American Rivalry Series
Historic North Carolina Rivalry Receives National Attention
Greensboro:– The Great American Rivalry Series is proud to announce that it will feature one of North Carolina’s oldest high school football rivalries pitting the Page Pirates up against the Grimsley Whirlies in the Series’ ninth weekend of games for 2015. This game will be presented by the United States Marine Corps and will be played on Friday, October 16 at Page’s Marion Kirby Stadium for the first time since the series began in 1960. 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, covering 40 states and over 100 cities throughout the country. Wrapped in tradition, these annual battles excite entire communities, while celebrating the schools, their teams, and their fans. We Know Friday NightsTM
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 rivalry got its start in 1960. Since then, he teams have met 62 times, but the game has always been played at Grimsley’s Jamieson Stadium. Until 1981, Page didn’t even have a home field, but since its stadium opened, the series has stayed at Jamieson in years when it was the Pirates’ home game because of its larger seating capacity and greater availability of parking. But the 2015 game will now be a true home game for the Pirates, who are currently ranked 14th in North Carolina. The schools are only about 3 miles apart and when they meet it is huge community event. Friendships are renewed and get-togethers take place…until the game, a matchup that far exceeds any win-loss records between the teams.
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.”
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.
ABOUT THE GREAT AMERICAN RIVALRY SERIES
In 2004, iHigh, Inc. (now known as BrainBox Intelligent Marketing) created the Great American Rivalry Series to celebrate this uniquely American sport and the cultural phenomenon of “Friday Night in America.” In 11 years the Series has gone to 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.