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Concord, A.l. Brown Will Kick Off Great American Rivalry Series

LEXINGTON, KY — The 2013 Great American Rivalry Series presented by the United States Marine Corps and Hibbett Sporting Goods travels to 70 cities coast-to-coast to highlight the most heated annual rivalries in the country, and the series will start on Friday with a well-known battle in North Carolina.

         Concord and A.L. Brown will face one another in a season-opener on Friday that is part of the Great American Rivalry Series.

This year marks the 10th anniversary for the Great American Rivalry Series, an elite schedule of football contests across America selected due to their unique and long-standing traditions and rabid fan support. The series will cover 38 states and 68 cities throughout the high school football season, celebrating the schools, their teams, student-athletes, and fans.

This year’s schedule includes matchups that date back for generations and are subjects of local lore year after year. Bergen vs. St. Josephs in New Jersey, Hoover vs. Vestavia in Alabama, St. Ignatius vs. St. Edwards in Cleveland, Don Bosco vs. Mission Viejo in California, McKinley vs. Massillon in Ohio, Byrnes vs. Gaffney in South Carolina, Baltimore Poly vs. Baltimore City in Maryland, and the game that inspired the Series and contested since 1893, Male vs Manual in Kentucky, are all part of this year’s anniversary Series.

The winning team earns year-long bragging rights in the rivalry as well as the coveted Great American Rivalry Series Champions trophy, presented on field by the Marines. The game’s Most Valuable Player will be named, and the Series also awards the top student-athlete from each school a college scholarship to the school of their choice. 

For two alumni at each game though, the spotlight will shine again as they are inducted into the 10th class of the Great American Rivalry Series Hall of Fame during a halftime ceremony, honoring their past performance in these classic rivalries.