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Great American Rivalry Series Features West Linn and Oregon City

Great American Rivalry Series Features West Linn and Oregon City

Great American Rivalry Series

Oregon City, OR: August 27, 2015 – The Great American Rivalry Series is proud to announce

that it will feature the historic “Battle for the Bridge” rivalry between the Oregon City

Pioneers and the West Linn Lions, claimed to be the longest continuously played prep

football rivalry west of the Mississippi, in the Series’ third weekend of games for 2015. This

year will be the 95th meeting between the two teams and will be presented by the United

States Marine Corps and played on Friday, September 4 in Oregon City’s Pioneer Memorial

Stadium. 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 storied Oregon Rivalry game began in 1921 when the Oregon City Bridge was built over

the Willamette River and the Battle for the Bridge Rivalry Game was born. The winning team

lays claim to the bridge until the next game. This rivalry game has been played annually 94

times since then and has also led to an annual charity matchup between alumni from the two

teams, which raises funds for Cystic Fibrosis. Oregon City leads the series 50-43-1.

The Oregon City-West Linn game was selected as one of the top 100 must-see match ups for

the 12th Annual Series. The winning team earns year-long bragging rights and the bridge

named after the school for the year. They will also 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 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.


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.


For more information, please call 859-948-5616 or visit To

schedule a phone interview with Series founder, Richard A. Ford, please email

I am the Founder of the Northwest Prep Report. For 17 years I have led the way to the best of my ability to promote the best talent from the Pacific NW free of charge. It is my pleasure to continue to serve High School athletes from all over the Pacific NW and beyond. Formerly with my sites have now crossed over 8,000 stories, 7 MILLION Video Views, and 15,000 regular followers. Together with the best football people in the USA we pursue excellence for our NW athletes.

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