The Great American Rivalry Series is proud to announce it will feature the “Coffee Pot Game” between annual rivals the Tullahoma Wildcats and the Coffee County Red Raiders in the Series’ first weekend of games for 2015. This 90 year old rivalry game will be presented this year by the United States Army and played on August 21 in Manchester. Highlighting some of the longest running rivalries in high school football, the 2015 Great American Rivalry Series will feature 100 showdowns nationwide. All of these 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 one hundred years.”
The Tullahoma Wildcats and the Coffee County Red Raiders will take the field for week one of the 2015 Series, continuing their clash for the Coffee Pot Trophy, which has been played by these two Crompton Creek teams since 1924. Though few know the full history of the Coffee Pot, some believe the trophy got its start in the 1930s when businessmen from both cities had tired from replacing each school’s goalposts after a victory. Over the years Tullahoma has built up a 58-29 record over Coffee County (and there were two ties) and has kept the Coffee Pot on their side of Crompton Creek since 2007.
The Coffee County-Tullahoma game was selected as one of the top 100 must-see match ups for the 12th Annual Series and is always a highly anticipated game for both the Manchester and Tullahoma communities. The Red Raiders and Wildcats will both enter the game hungry as they attempt to start the year off on the right track with a big rivalry win.
An in-school Rivalry Fitness Challenge will also take place between the two schools during the week leading up to the game. The school that proves to be the fittest will be awarded a crystal trophy at halftime of the game. The winning team on the field earns year-long bragging rights with the Coffee Pot Trophy, and the Great American Rivalry Series Champions trophy, presented by the Army. The game’s Most Valuable Player and the top student-athlete from each school are also recognized as part of the Series.
“The Great American Rivalry Series and the Rivalry Series Fitness Challenge offers both academic and physical challenges, which reflect key elements of life as a soldier,” said Kelli Bland, U.S. Army Recruiting Command’s public affairs officer. “In the Army, we build our Soldiers physically, morally and academically; we build them to be qualified for life, not just the Army. We appreciate the opportunity to have a positive impact on the lives of these students.”
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 its first 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.