North-South football game now a classic

October 30, 2002|by SCOTT BUTKI

There will be some extra excitement at this year's annual football game between the North Hagerstown High School Hubs and the South Hagerstown High School Rebels, with a trophy and plaques at stake, Hagerstown Mayor William M. Breichner said Tuesday.

At a press conference Tuesday, Breichner announced that the city has "taken the liberty of naming the game the Hagerstown Gridiron Championship Classic."

The game is to be played Friday, Nov. 8, at 7 p.m., at School Stadium.

"I am excited about the game and this makes it particularly memorable," Eugene "Yogi" Martin, supervisor of physical education and athletics for Washington County Public Schools, said.


K&R Engraving of Hagerstown has donated a perpetual trophy, which will be presented each year to the winner of the annual rivalry, city spokeswoman Karen Giffin said. The trophy would normally cost $593.16, she said.

The city will donate a plaque to each school, on which will be engraved the name of each team's most valuable player. School coaches will select the most valuable players.

The plaques will cost $79.50 each, Giffin said.

Breichner said he will award the trophy at the end of the game. The announcement about which players' names will be engraved on the plaques will be made at a later time, Breichner said.

The Hagerstown Kiwanis Club and the Antietam Exchange Club will give each school $100 scholarships for higher education, in the names of the most valuable players.

The city is paying for 1,500 buttons for each school. Some say, "Go Rebels!" while others say,"Go Hubs!"

The city also is having printed 100 posters publicizing the event. The posters will be put up at the schools and at area businesses, Giffin said.

At Tuesday's press conference, Washington County Schools Superintendent Elizabeth Morgan and the principals of the two schools praised the idea of the plaques and the trophy.

"I think this is a great project," Morgan said.

Giffin said the idea came from City Administrator Bruce Zimmerman.

The first North-South game was played in 1957. South leads the all-time series

23-21. The two teams have tied once.

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