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          The Battle of Prichard is one of the shorter rivalries but definitely one of the most intense. During the 1990s this rivalry often matched two of the best teams in the state against each other. Blount won Class 5A titles in 1990, 1992, 1996, 1997 and 1998. Vigor competed for a championship almost every season during this time.

          The teams share Prichard Stadium along with most everything in the town. They work and live together for fifty-one weeks a year but quickly choose sides during rivalry week. The players went to the same elementary and middle schools. During the 1990s, 15,000 to 20,000 fans packed a Stadium that seats about 10,000 fans.

          In Prichard, it means a green and purple church service. Every October, the congregation at Philadelphia Baptist Church on Wilson Avenue parts like the Red Sea - except these waters are purple and green. The Sunday before the annual football showdown the congregation shows its colors. All Blount fans on one side. All Vigor fans on the other side.

           In 1995 quarterback Kelvin Robinson completed 15 of 20 passes for 263 yards and two touchdowns as 16,000 fans witnessed Blount take an 18-7 win over Vigor at Prichard Stadium. Detrorin Singleton caught five passes for 130 yards, including a one-handed grab between two defenders on a 96-yard scoring play in the second quarter. Running back Ernest Perdue gained 203 yards on 17 carries for the Leopards.

          More than 19,000 fans crammed into Prichard Stadium to watch the 1998 game, which Blount won 21-13 on the way to a state title.

          In the past few years the rivalry has changed with reclassification. The two no longer play during the regular season but instead play a preseason game. Although the win does not count in either team's overall record, it counts a lot to the winner. Somehow I believe the coaches and players will continue to play the game as if it were for a state championship.




Total Meetings:  44
Series Record:  Vigor leads 33-11-0
First Meeting:  10/1/1971, Vigor 7, Blount, 8
Last Meeting:  9/27/2013, Blount 40, Vigor, 13
Longest Winning Streak:  Vigor 14 (1999-2012), Blount 2 (1973-1974)
Biggest Wins:  Vigor 46-0 (1987), Blount 44-0 (1973)

Biggest Upsets:  1977 - Blount (1-8-1) upset Vigor (6-4) 13-10


Vigor vs. Blount
2013 Blount 40-13 Vigor
2012 Vigor 21-13 Blount
2011 Vigor 13-6 Blount
2010 Vigor 21-14 Blount
2009 Vigor 36-16 Blount
2008 Vigor 29-6 Blount
2007 Vigor 13-6 Blount
2006 Vigor 17-16 Blount
2005 Vigor 12-7 Blount
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2004 Vigor 34-13 Blount
2003 Vigor 36-18 Blount
2002 Vigor 21-14 Blount
2001 Vigor 27-0 Blount
2000 Vigor 33-7 Blount
1999 Vigor 41-7 Blount
1998 Blount 21-13 Vigor
1997 Vigor 32-6 Blount
1996 Blount 10-7 Vigor
1995 Blount 18-7 Vigor
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1994 Vigor 19-0 Blount
1993 Blount 19-7 Vigor
1992 Blount 7-0 Vigor
1991 Vigor 19-14 Blount
1990 Vigor 27-0 Blount
1989 Vigor 33-0 Blount
1988 Vigor 19-0 Blount
1987 Vigor 46-0 Blount
1986 Vigor 25-0 Blount
1986 # Vigor 42-0 Blount
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1985 Vigor 26-7 Blount
1984 Vigor 13-12 Blount
1983 Vigor 6-0 Blount
1982 Vigor 26-0 Blount
1981 Vigor 47-6 Blount
1980 Vigor 12-7 Blount
1979 Blount 26-7 Vigor
1978 Vigor 25-14 Blount
1977 Blount 13-10 Vigor
1976 Vigor 34-8 Blount
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1975 Vigor 18-8 Blount
1974 Blount 12-6 Vigor
1973 Blount 44-0 Vigor
1972 Vigor 41-0 Blount
1971 Blount 8-7 Vigor

# Playoff game


David Parker
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