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I can see Guerin/Brebeuf developing into a fierce rivalry because their two schools' attendance bases (the natural areas where they draw students from) overlap. A lot of Brebeuf kids come from Carmel/West Clay Township area ... Guerin tends to draw a lot of Carmel kids as well. Playing against your neighbor or the kid in your church is going to be a lot more meaningful than just about anything else.

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I feel like the South Spencer and Heritage Hills rivalry could be in the conversation. A lot of good football has been played in this series such as last season. I think one of Heritage Hills closer games of the 2000 season might have been with South Spencer.

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I feel like the South Spencer and Heritage Hills rivalry could be in the conversation. A lot of good football has been played in this series such as last season. I think one of Heritage Hills closer games of the 2000 season might have been with South Spencer.

We beat South Spencer by 8 points in 2000 the only closer game was the 3 point overtime win over Zionsville in the state title game,

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To me the best 4 rivalry games in Central Indiana (in no particular order) are:

 

Ben Davis vs. Warren Central

Carmel vs. Center Grove

Carmel vs. Warren Central

Fishers vs. Hamilton SE

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South Adams and Adams Central are separated by 7 miles and are very similar schools. Many of the players know each other. They have always been rivals as long as I can remember. The last few years have really increased the rivalry. South Adams holds the edge of victories in the last ten meetings. Adams Central has beaten the Starfires in the regular season the past two years, but South Adams has knocked out the Jets in sectional two years in a row. Both post season victories for the Stars has been decided on the final drive, with the most recent one a 42 yd FG as time expired by the Starfire kicker and QB, who also happens to be Adams Central's Head Coach's nephew. Lot's on stories can be said on this rivalry over the years, as can be with most rivalries.

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A county rivalry that started in 1960 that used to be pretty interesting was Castle vs. Boonville. They have played 43 times with Castle holding the edge 25-18. These schools are 8 miles apart. They have not played since 2002. I get nostalgic remembering seeing Coach John Lidy (Castle) and Coach Bill Harrawood (Boonville) roam the sidelines it some great matchups of power teams. Both Hall of Famers. Coach Harrawood passed away last week. This rivalry faded with the continued increase of Castles enrollment (largest 5A) and Boonville one of the smallest 4A. Wasn't anything bigger in its time. 1984 game was broadcast on local TV.

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Maybe I am biased being from here but I will say hands down Reitz-Mater Dei tops everyone.  10,000 plus every year with the top at 12,820 this past season.  Both schools enrollment together barely reach 2000.

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Late to this thread but Brownsburg/Avon in any sport is intense.  Since 1996 Avon has a 14-10 advantage but many close games and many road wins.  The schools are just 5 miles apart.

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Hard to overlook Bishop Chatard and Cathedral.  24 State Championships combined.  Lots of fun, good, close games. Catholic grade schools in the area (particularly on the Northside of Indy) generally splitting students between Chatard and Cathedral contributes a lot of heat and excitement to the rivalry

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Part of what makes high school football so great is that no matter what school you go to and what your record might be there is always one game each year that is seperated from the rest. Hard to pinpoint "the best".

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Agree with this. Yes you can count the number of championships between schools, but let's not forget some of those county road rivalries that tend to get overlooked.

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Tipton and Hamilton Heights is always a fun matchup between two high quality programs that are less than 10 miles a part.  Great crowd and atmosphere.

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Agree with this.  Yes you can county the number of championships between schools, but let's not forget some of those county road rivalries that tend to get overlooked.

 

Agreed.  Listed the number of State Titles simply to refer to the success and tradition of the programs, not necessarily as a reason it's a better rivalry than another

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As far as length of rivalry goes, the top two Ben Davis rivalries are easily Warren and North Central.  The Warren rivalry dates back to the 30's.  NC dates back to 1956.

 

Recently, Pike has come on the scene.

 

Competitive balance has to be Carmel vs. Ben Davis.  Every year, this game is usually a great one. 

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As far as length of rivalry goes, the top two Ben Davis rivalries are easily Warren and North Central.  The Warren rivalry dates back to the 30's.  NC dates back to 1956.

 

Recently, Pike has come on the scene.

 

Competitive balance has to be Carmel vs. Ben Davis.  Every year, this game is usually a great one. 

I can't help myself ... I tell my players to trust me because "90% of the time I am at least 50% correct!"

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Monrovia & Cascade are a great rivalry. Monrovia currently leads the series 26-19. Usually a really good game between these two schools.

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LCC / Guerin is a good rivalry and is developing some tradition. I really like the canon and the tradition with the Bishop.  It seems like the Guerin kids get REALLY passionate about the Brebeuf game though. That matchup has become pretty intense over the last couple of years and has started to produce some really memorable games.

 

2013: Brebeuf knocking three starters (including QB) out of the game last year and then kicking an onside kick while leading by three touchdowns in the fourth quarter.

2014: Guerin quite literally playing lights out defense against the Brebeuf running game. (That's a pun. The lights actually went out at halftime.) Guerin finished the effort on Saturday afternoon.

 

Guerin is too young of a school and football program to have a deep tradition, but you can see it beginning to form in those two rivalries in particular. 

 

 

 

 

 

I'll use a loose, "royal we" when posting this since the staff of which I was a part hasn't been at Guerin for a number of years now but...LCC was always such a tough match up for us early on which led to several lopsided efforts but everyone involved hoped it would build into the rivalry that seems to now be.

 

Brebeuf was huge thanks in no small to the kids in those first few Guerin classes, and their Brebeuf peers, who spent a lot of effort (good and bad) in developing a heated back and forth on social media that was addressed on more than one occasion. Brebeuf was the first win we had as a varsity program and an incredible game of which to have been a part. 

 

Coach Gallogly would be a solid source of opinion on this since we had to face both under his leadership.

 

For the first few years I thought Pendleton Heights would take off and be a pretty good rivalry  due to the proximity, Coach Broughton's opposition to a certain parochial "unfairness", and the fact that we had several kids from the area on our team. This obviously never happened and the two haven't faced one another in a handful of years. 

 

 

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I'll use a loose, "royal we" when posting this since the staff of which I was a part hasn't been at Guerin for a number of years now but...LCC was always such a tough match up for us early on which led to several lopsided efforts but everyone involved hoped it would build into the rivalry that seems to now be.

 

 

 

Those lopsided meetings can be catalysts when you build on them.  Here's hoping that Guerin has similar success that LCC did ... except when they play LCC.  LCC took several beatings at the hands of schools like Culver Military, Benton Central, St. Joe Ogden, Mishawaka Marian, and others early on, just like Guerin did against LCC.  LCC has learned a lot from those and benefited a lot.

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A few more for the list that have some real juice.

HSE v Fishers has really grown.

Carmel v CG

Ben Davis v Warren

LCC v West Laf

Bishop Luers v Bishop Dwenger

LCC vr GC ...... has a long way to go

to rival.... LCC vr WL

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We beat South Spencer by 8 points in 2000 the only closer game was the 3 point overtime win over Zionsville in the state title game,

Last year the game with SS was a penalty ridden bloodbath.  Always a great time.

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The longest running rivalry in Indiana is Peru vs Logansport.    Something like 107 years

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As far as I can tell, from conversations with Guerin parents, they seem to see themselves as a "soccer school" and I haven't really seen any signs over my kids' years that they were inclined to change that identity. Maybe I just talked to the wrong parents...

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Yep, 4 state titles and 3 runner-up between those two schools.

Super late on this one, but Tri-West has the 4 state titles and 2 of the runner-ups.  Had to throw that out there.   :D

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