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This rivalry began in 1906, when Bisbee defeated Douglas 7-6. The coveted Copper Pick has been awarded to the winner of the game since 1945. Until 1955, the teams met twice a season; once before Thanksgiving and once on the Friday after Thanksgiving. This year's meeting marked the 143rd game in the series.
Las Cruces, N.M.
Las Cruces, N.M.
Dating back to 1967, the popularity of the state's most intense high school rivalry inspired a documentary, "Cruces Divided". The annual matchup is played in November at New Mexico State and draws a crowd pushing 30,000.
Representing neighboring towns in the North Central part of the state, the Blue Devils and Red Raiders have played on Thanksgiving 107 times. Overall, the series is remarkably competitive with Leominster winning 62 times, Fitchburg 58 times and 10 matchups resulting in ties. During the past few years, the rivalry has never been closer, or more significant - five of the last seven contests have been decided by a touchdown or less, including the Blue Devils 26-25 playoff victory in 2011, which came just five days after their annual Thanksgiving Day affair.
This rivalry began back in the 1960s and is one of the most heated in the state. When Bunn and Louisburg meet up, the host school typically triples its police presence to keep rowdy fans and players in check. After this last year's game, the teams weren't permitted to shake hands for fear of a fight breaking out.
Santa Ana, Calif.
Often called the Holy War of Orange County, this game matches the two oldest Catholic schools in the county. Mater Dei holds a 36-15-2 lead in the series which started in 1961. It often draws huge crowds, particularly when it is held at Anaheim Stadium.
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 six years.
Upsala and Swanville, Minn.
Upsala and Swanville combine forces to form the USA (Upsala-Swanville Area) Patriots, who compete in a heated rivalry with nearby Royalton. Several of the recent showdowns - annually one of the most attended games in the area - have been especially competitive. All three games between 2008 and 2010 (the series took a brief hiatus from 2011-12) were decided by less than a touchdown. And beginning with this year's contest, a thrilling, last-minute 24-21 Patriots victory. The winner claims the Morrison County Milk Jug.
Warner Robins, Ga.
Warner Robins, Ga.
This series started in 1964 with Warner Robins holding a 33-22 advantage. They are just three miles apart and both play in the same class. The game has drawn as many as 18,000 fans. The two teams have six state titles between both of them.
Simply known as "The Log Game" because of the Wausau Log trophy given to the winner, this inter-town rivalry started in 1970. West holds a 27-15-1 advantage.
This rivalry game has over 100 years of history. Westfield and Plainfield play each other every Thanksgiving. This year is no exception. Both teams have over two weeks off before they face each other. In the 100-year anniversary game in 2005, Plainfield won 9-0.