Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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August 14, 2012

Beaver-Graham game again on Great American Rivalry

LEXINGTON, Ky. — The Great American Rivalry Series, alongside the United States Marine Corps, will return to the area on Aug. 24 for the annual Battle of the Bluefields between the Graham G-Men and the Bluefield Beavers.

The Great American Rivalry Series was created by iHigh, Inc. in 2004 to spotlight rivalry games across the nation.

According to the series website, the school and game are recognized on the iHigh.com and GreatAmerican Rivalry.com.

The host school receives a donation to its athletic program for participating in the series.

The Graham-Bluefield football game is one of many must-see matchups selected for the 2012 Rivalry Series.

The series between the two schools dates back to 1911 when Bluefield won 17-5. This year’s meeting will be the 86th between the two with Bluefield leading the series 62-21-2.

The winning team not only earns bragging rights but also the 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 career 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 historic rivalry.

 “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, S.C.

“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, according to a statement from the Kentucky-based company.

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