Alcoa vs. Maryville kicks off 2011 Great American Rivalry Series

High school football is back on the field for a new season, and the Great American Rivalry Series is ready for the games to begin.

Entering its eighth season, the 2011 Series features 51 games in 18 states with each one showcasing high school football at its finest. The series kicks off this weekend as Alcoa takes on Maryville on Saturday, Aug. 27 at Alcoa High School. Upwards of 10,000 fans are expected to come out and fill the stands to witness this contest.

As part of the Series, the winning team earns bragging rights and the coveted Great American Rivalry Champion trophy, presented on field by a member of the United States Marine Corps. The game’s Most Valuable Player is also recognized, and the Series awards a college scholarship to the top student-athlete from each school.

The scholarship recipient from Alcoa is Nick Miles. Maryville’s recipient is Patton Robinette. 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.

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