Results for Top Rivalry 2012
The Coal Bowl features a traveling trophy with a football made of coal, of course. The towns are 10 miles apart - each with slightly more than 3,000 residents - in an isolated area of central North Dakota known for several mining plants. Many of the parents work together at the mining plants and the two schools combine for a killer pregame tailgate feast each year with all proceeds going to local families in need.
Century opened in 1976 as the second public high school in Bismarck, creating a culture of parents who work in the same office but are on opposite sides at the Bismarck Community Bowl. This annual game draws more than 8,000 people - impressive considering the city's population is 60,000. Last year, the rivalry took another step when the teams met in the AAA state title game for the first time ever - Bismarck High won it.
The schools - separated by 50 miles of Highway 52 with no other towns between them - met twice in the Class A 11-man state title game in the late 1990s. And while it is an unconventional rivalry based on the postseason, it's also notable as the Sandy Bowl. Velva head coach Larry Sandy has won nine state titles at Velva since 1990. His older brother, Brad Sandy, has won three state titles as Harvey's head coach since 1998. One of the Sandy brothers was crowned a state champion eight of the last nine years.