Results for Top Rivalry 2012
Situated near the Wyoming border, the towns of Gering (pop. 8,500) and Scottsbluff (15,000) are divided by the North Platte River and their intense rivalry was built out of isolation. The schools compete in Class B, Nebraska's second-largest classification, but because of their remote location, the closest school outside of one another that they play is 50 miles away. After that, it's 75 miles. And then, 100 miles. They only have each other - and that created a love-hate relationship that spans several generations.
Nebraska's Class A has been dominated of late by the Millard schools - situated in an Omaha suburb - with one of three Millard schools winning the big-class title six times since 2001. But Millard North vs. Millard South has been the big Millard matchup since 1980. This rivalry, which featured future Heisman Trophy winner Eric Crouch (Millard North) in the mid-1990s, reached new heights of late. In 2010, Millard North knocked off Millard South 28-20 for the state title. This year, North beat South in the state semis 38-35 on a FG with 15 seconds left.
Pierce is basically a small suburb of Norfolk, a city of 25,000 that serves as the hub for Northeastern Nebraska. The schools play in Class C-1, the third-highest classification, and the history of success fuels the rivalry as much as proximity. Norfolk Catholic has won eight C-1 titles, beating Pierce in the finals twice (1999, 2010). Pierce has five state titles and faced Norfolk Catholic seven times in the postseason. The Mid-State Conference rivals began playing for a bucket - the brainchild of a local radio station - the past five years.