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Story published: 10-22-2013 • Print ArticleE-mail Story to a Friend

Musket Bowl named top 100 rivalry


By Christopher Shields

For 10 years, the Great American Rivalry Series has selected the top high school football rivalries across the country to highlight during the high school football season.

In the tenth year of the series, the annual clash between David Crockett and Daniel Boone high schools has been selected as a Great American Rivalry.

The Great American Rivalry Series emerged from “a desire to celebrate the uniquely American cultural phenomenon of high school football,” according to a press release sent out from the company. “For a decade, the series spotlights classic gridiron clashes where expectations are sky high and die-hard fans abound. The atmosphere is rare and for those playing, coaching or attending, it’s a truly Great American Experience.”

The series which is presented by the United States Marine Corps and Hibbett Sports will travel to Gray on Nov. 1 for the annual Musket Bowl between the two Washington County high schools.

In being selected to the series, several additions to the annual game will be featured.

These include an American Rivalry Series trophy, which will be presented to the winning team following the contest’s conclusion.

There will also be a selection of the game’s Most Valuable Player while the top student-athlete from each school will be awarded a college scholarship to the school of their choice.

Also, two alumni from the schools will be inducted to the Great American Rivalry Series Hall of Fame during a halftime ceremony commemorating their past performances during the Musket Bowl rivalry.

By being selected into the rivalry series, the Musket Bowl will receive national attention through the series website, which will provide a preview of the contest, a history of the rivalry, and a photo gallery of the events following the game.

The website can be found at www.GreatAmericanRivalry.com.

This year’s schedule includes matchups from across the country that date back for generations and are subjects of local lore year after year.

Series founder Rick Ford notes that “many games draw tens of thousands of fans like St. Xavier vs. Trinity in Louisville that attracts over 30,000 every year and some that just sound like a rivalry that had to happen — David Crockett will battle Daniel Boone in Tennessee.”

“There are traditions and family gatherings that include bonfires and pep rallies to be appreciated as high school football has been a means through which communities have joined together to watch their teams compete for more than a hundred years,” Ford added.

The Musket Bowl will join other notable Tennessee rivalries selected in the series which includes the annual Maryville—Alcoa game and the Oakland—Riverdale contest in Murfreesboro.

In being selected to the Great American Rivalry Series, the Nov. 1 Musket Bowl will be one of the biggest games the Boone-Crockett rivalry has ever experienced.

It is the second time in recent history the match-up has been selected for inclusion in the Great American Rivalry series.