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2017 Rivalries of the Week

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(Sept. 5, 2017)

          Each week we will look at some of the longest running and most heated rivalries on the football schedule for this week. With the beginning of region play, there are not a lot of long running rivalries on the schedule this week.

          Athens vs. Hartselle - Athens led the series over the years but Hartselle has taken control and lead with a record of 37-30-2. The Tigers have won the last eleven contests and 23 of the last 29 games between the two teams. The teams first met in 1921 with Hartselle taking a 54-0 victory.

          Boaz vs. Guntersville - Guntersville has won the last four games in this series and the Wildcats lead with a record of 50-23-2. The Wildcats have won the last two games by a combined score of 117-0. The teams first met in 1928 in a game that ended in a 6-6 tie.

          Haleyville vs. Hamilton - The Hamilton Aggies lead the series 43-26-2 but have lost the last two games to Haleyville by a combined score of 77-7. The two schools first met on the football field back in 1926 with Haleyville taking a 3-0 victory. Between 1978-2000, Hamilton won twenty-one straight games in the series to take total command in what had been a close series.

          McGill-Toolen vs. Murphy - The Murphy Panthers lead the series with a record of 48-36-1. The Yellow Jackets have won the last two games including a 43-0 victory last year. That win is the most lopsided victory for the Yellow Jackets in the series. The teams first met in  1935 and have played every season since.

          Leroy vs. Washington County - While the series is very close with Leroy holding a 37-36-3 lead, it has been streaky in recent years. The Bears won last year 55-32 but lost the previous five games to Washing County. Over the past thirty-five years the Bears have winning streaks of six, seven, four and five games to take the single game lead in the series. The schools first met in 1926 with Leroy taking a 12-0 win.

David Parker

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