UIL 100: 100 Years, 100 Rivalries
In celebration of 100 years of UIL Texas high school football, the UIL and Dave Campbell’s Texas Football have teamed up to honor the best, the brightest and the most unforgettable icons and legends in the sport’s illustrious history. With the help of some of the state’s foremost experts and historians, the UIL and DCTF will honor 100 of the most legendary rivalries in the state's illustrious history.
Each week throughout the 2020 season, Dave Campbell’s Texas Football will announce 10 honorees on the list, an indelible honor to be known as one of the greatest in Texas high school football history. Fans will then have an opportunity to weigh in, voting for the rivalry they think is the best of the best, to be named as a UIL 100 Fan’s Choice.
It all leads up to a celebration as big as Texas, celebrating the UIL’s 100 Rivalries — and the Fan’s Choice Top 10 — at the UIL Texas high school football state championship games at AT&T Stadium in Arlington this December.
UIL 100 YEARS, 100 RIVALRIES — WEEK 6
Carthage vs. Henderson
One of the most anticipated bEAST Texas rivalries, the Highway 79 Rivalry is only separated 27 miles played between Carthage and Henderson. Henderson leads 40-37-3 all-time but the Bulldogs are on a 6-0 streak under Scott Surratt since 2016.
Wichita Falls vs. Wichita Falls Rider
After Rider High opened in 1961 this battle for Wichita Falls city bragging rights has been played consecutively every year between Rider and “Old High,” as the locals call it, since 1966. This season will mark their 59th rivalry competition.
Ballinger vs. Brady
A rivalry that dates back to 1926 has seen its fair share of exciting finishes over the years, including the last two. Ballinger defeated Brady, 20-19, in overtime in 2018 and then intercepted a pass in the endzone in 2019 to preserve a 26-22 victory.
Beaumont Charlton-Pollard vs. Hebert
A game that dates back to the pre-segregation years in Southeast Texas, the annual “Soul Bowl” was so big in and around Beaumont that they had to move the game to a local university stadium. The game featured plenty of professional talent, including Hebert’s Jerry LeVias, Warren Wells and Charlton-Pollard’s Bubba Smith.
El Campo vs. Bay City
El Campo and Bay City have played for 100 straight years and this year’s meeting will be the 117th time the two foes have meet on the gridiron. El Campo has gotten the best of Bay City in the rivalry leading the series 63-44-9.
Harlingen vs. San Benito
The “Battle of the Arroyo” is the biggest rivalry in the Rio Grande Valley regularly drawing crowds in excess of 12,000 as Harlingen and San Benito have two of the biggest and most boisterous fanbases in the state. Harlingen has dominated their rivals to the east leading the series 70-27-10, including two playoff wins in 2009 and 2010.
Garden City vs. Sterling City
Just 30 miles apart on State Highway 158, these two six-man powerhouses take aim at one another on an annual basis, and it's usually for a lot more than just bragging rights, including a trip to the state semifinals.
Carrizo Springs vs. Crystal City
Zavala County takes on Dimmitt County in this South Texas feud that dates back to a scoreless draw in 1921 and has been raging ever since.
Groesbeck vs. Teague
This Central Texas rivalry has all the hallmarks of a Texas high school football classic — age (the Goats and the Lions have been playing since 1916), frequency (95 meetings in 104 years), competitiveness (Teague leads the series by just three games) and passion.
Coleman vs. Ballinger
The Bearcats and the Bluecats have been squaring off since 1914 — including 64 consecutive seasons from 1926 to 1989 — and whenever the game arrives, you can be sure that Runnels and Coleman counties are paying attention.
Honorees Named to the "UIL 100 Years, 100 Rivalries" List
Fort Stockton vs. Pecos
A rivalry that dates back to 1919, Fort Stockton and Pecos are separated by a little more than 50 miles on U.S. Highway 285. Pecos holds a sizeable lead in the head-to-head, but every game still matters so much to that part of the state.
Mexia vs. Groesbeck
One of the oldest rivalries in Texas, Mexia and Groesbeck first played in 1901 with Mexia winning 10-0. They currently lead the series, 62-17-4, in a game known as the “Battle of the River” where the winner keeps the “Navasota River” sign from Highway 14 until the following season.
Gregory-Portland vs. Corpus Christi Calallen
The Battle of the Wildcats has been a staple matchup in the Costal Bend for over six decades. With Callallen only have a one-game lead at 33-32-3 all-time, each year the bragging rights come at an even higher stake.
Lufkin vs. Nacogdoches
The Angelina River Rivalry is one of the longest running rivalries in the state of Texas. Beginning in 1911 this battle of bordering counties has been one of the most enjoyed East Texas matchups for over a century.
Anson vs. Hamlin
Two towns just 17 miles apart in Jones County have hooked up 95 times in their long history with Anson holding a 50-42-3 edge in the series. Often times, this game is moved to Abilene’s Shotwell Stadium to handle the usually large crowds that turn out for this game.
Grand Saline vs. Van
The Highway 110 rivalry ended in 2011 due to the size disparity of the two schools, but for many years it was one of the most intense in East Texas. Grand Saline and Van met 85 times with Van holding a 50-31-4 lead. Grand Saline’s last win in the series came in 2002.
Hamlin vs. Stamford
One of the Panhandle's oldest and most treasured rivalries, the Pied Pipers and the Bulldogs have been going at it since 1921, including 85 consecutive years from 1927 to 2011.
Bronte vs. Robert Lee
Go out to Coke County and ask about this one — you'll be sure to be asked which side you're on. The rivals have met 102 times since 1927, and there's no love lost between these two towns.
Alice vs. Kingsville King
Not many rivalries can boast a history that dates back to the William Howard Taft administration, but these two South Texas neighbors, separated by 27 miles, first played back in 1909 and have been going at it ever since.
Newton vs. Kirbyville
Down in Southeast Texas, this grudge match has been on and off since they first played back in 1921, but there are always shenanigans associated with it, including digging graves and dead chickens. You'll have to ask the fans about that.
Corpus Christi Miller vs. Corpus Christi Ray
The longest rivalry in Corpus Christi ISD contains schools that are separated by just four miles. This notoriously hard-hitting Costal Bend matchup is led by the Ray Texans with a 37-29-2 record.
Midland Lee vs. Odessa Permian
MOJO vs The Rebels — the iconic West Texas rivalry made famous by Friday Night Lights have been mixing it up for more than a century.
Bartlett vs. Granger
The Battle of Highway 95 has been a story of runs throughout its 92-year history and recently, it’s been in favor of Granger, but every season it still generates the same animosity between programs separated by just five miles.
El Paso Franklin vs. El Paso Coronado
The Westside Bowl generates so much fanfare every season that it can’t be played inside either Franklin or Coronado’s stadiums so it’s held in the Sun Bowl. The two schools have clashed ever since the early 1990s when Franklin opened and split attendance in the district.
Midland vs. Odessa
Few rivalries in the state have played each other at least 100 times and this is one of them. This season will be the 102nd rendition of a heated rivalry between the two teams, which is no stranger to seeing upwards of 10,000 fans in attendance for this West Texas showdown.
Temple vs. Belton
The legend of this rivalry dates all the way back to the 1880s when, in 1881, Belton had an agreement with the Santa Fe Railroad Company to have the new rail line built through the town. Instead, the line was placed in Temple. The first game was played in 1907 with Temple winning 11-5.
Mesquite vs. North Mesquite
The oldest rivalry in Mesquite has been going strong for over 50 years with Mesquite leading the series 27-22-1. North Mesquite set the tone early in this rivalry winning six of the first ten meetings with their older brothers, including stunning the Skeeters 17-10 in the first meeting in 1970.
Clarendon vs. Memphis
There’s no love lost between these two rivals just down the road from each other on Highway 287 in the Texas Panhandle. The two teams have been playing since 1914, with the 2020 meeting being the 97th in the series with Memphis holding a slim 48-43-5 lead over their neighbors 26 miles to the north.
Del Rio vs. Eagle Pass
There’s no love lost between these two rivals along the border, who have played each season in all but two years since they first strapped it up in 1920.
Giddings vs. Smithville
They may be in different counties — Giddings in Lee, Smithville in Bastrop — but these neighbors find a way to get together almost every year, and have since 1913.
Canadian vs. Perryton
Way up at the very top of Texas, the Wildcats and Rangers have been doing battle since 1923, annually turning the stretch of Highway 83 into contested territory.
Brownwood vs. Stephenville
Any way you slice it, whether it’s longevity (first meeting: 1937), success (a combined 13 title game appearances) or legendary names (Gordon Wood, Kelan Luker, and so on), the Battle of 377 is an iconic rivalry.
Houston Yates vs. Houston Wheatley
Whether it’s the “Turkey Day Classic” or the “Labor Day Classic”, these old Houston ISD rivals have more than 85 years of history to fight over.
Gordon vs. Strawn
Arguably the biggest rivalry in six-man football, these schools separated by eight miles have been taking aim at one another since Gordon switched to the six-man game in 1957, and the game is usually for much more than just bragging rights.
Amarillo vs. Lubbock
It makes sense that the flagship schools of the Panhandle’s two largest cities would have it out for one another, and the I-27 Rivalry will celebrate its 100th meeting in 2020.
Devine vs. Pearsall
It’s been nearly 100 years since the Warhorses and Mavericks first met on the football field in 1921, and 98 meetings later (including each of the last 68 years), tempers haven’t cooled in either Frio or Medina county.
Texarkana Texas High vs. Texarkana Arkansas High
Call it the Border War — since 1912, the Tigers and Razorback haven’t just been fighting for city supremacy; they’re standing tall for their entire state.
Floydada vs. Lockney
The Floyd County Championship is one of the hottest rivalries in Texas, and has been since they first met in 1919.
Burnet vs. Marble Falls
The Battle of Burnet County is one of Texas high school football’s finest rivalries, and it’s had its share of heated moments, like the 1991 regional semifinal game locally dubbed “The Game of the Century.”
San Antonio Churchill vs. San Antonio Clark
It’s only been around since 1984, but sharing a border at Lockhill-Selma, the so-called “Gucci Bowl” has quickly blossomed into one of San Antonio’s must-see rivalries.
Pampa vs. Borger
This rivalry is one of the oldest in the panhandle having played for 89 years and for 77 consecutive seasons. Pampa currently holding the all-time series lead 46-41-2 having won the last six in a row.
Laredo Martin vs. Laredo Nixon
Divided East-and-West by I-25, The Hammer Bowl is one of Laredo’s oldest rivalries with 53 meetings under their belt and gets the season started off with a bang for both teams. No matter where these teams finish the season, this one still draws heavy crowds every season.
Giddings vs. La Grange
One of the oldest rivalries in Texas, the "Battle of Highway 77" has been played since 1916. Separated by only one game, La Grange leads the heated series 48-47 meaning each game the stakes continue to heighten.
Goldthwaite vs. San Saba
Separated by only 22 miles on Texas Highway 16, these two rivals have played more 100 times, making it one of the top 10 most played rivalries in the state. It's one of Central Texas' most legendary clashes.
Port Neches-Groves vs. Nederland
Separated by a set of railroad tracks, these southeast Texas competitors have been rivals since 1925. It's one of the wildest rivalries in Texas high school football — no wonder it's known as "Mid-County Madness."
Arlington vs. Arlington Lamar
A crosstown feud between the two most iconic programs in Arlington, it's seen its fair share of stars both on the field and on the sideline, and it's been hard to separate the two — Lamar leads the all-time series 25-23-1.
Abilene vs. Abilene Cooper
The “Crosstown Showdown” divides the city of Abilene every year black and gold on the north and red and blue on the south and for one week every year, these two get after it in front of an always sold out crowd at Shotwell Stadium. And although Cooper is the younger brother of Abilene High, having opened in 1961, they hold a 34-25 edge over Abilene.
Henderson vs. Kilgore
Separated by just 17 miles or so on Highway 259, Henderson and Kilgore are never far from each other literally and figuratively. Typically both teams are strong programs in East Texas, but Kilgore has the upper-hand on their neighbors to the south with a 47-32-6 series lead, including a playoff win over the Lions back in 2003, their only postseason meeting to date.
El Campo vs. Wharton
One of just 18 rivalries in Texas high school football with 100 or more meetings, the Wharton County rivalry has been going strong since 1911 with two bitter rivals eagar to take bragging rights.
Brownsville Hanna vs. San Benito
One of the oldest rivalries in the Rio Grande Valley, Hanna — the legacy program of Brownsville — and San Benito have met 94 times since 1913 and show no sign of stopping anytime soon.
Austin Westlake vs. Lake Travis
Far from the oldest rivalry in the state, but the Battle of the Lakes quickly became of the fiercest. Huge names and a healthy amount of disdain. Baker Mayfield. Sam Ehlinger. Garrett Gilbert. Hudson Card. The list goes on.
Gladewater vs. Gilmer
Separated by only 14 miles, the Highway 271 rivals are traditionally amongst the best in their classification. So much more than bragging rights at stake.
Austin Reagan vs. Austin LBJ
With just 5 miles separating these two campuses in the Capital City, the passion that was felt during this bonafide clash that peaked in the 1990’s will never be forgotten by Austin residents.
DeKalb vs. New Boston
These old East Texas rivals have been mixing it up since 1930 — including 83 consecutive years and counting of clashes — fighting for the old Traveling Trophy.
Lamar Consolidated vs. Rosenberg Terry
The Battle of the ‘Berg is separated by just two miles and even crosses over into other sports in terms of ferocity. Before the growth of the Lamar Consolidated district, it that had implications almost as big as the crowds it drew.
Universal City Randolph vs. San Antonio Cole
Our very own Texas high school football version of Army vs. Air Force with Cole being located on Fort Sam Houston (Army) and Randolph Air Force Base housing the Ro-Hawks. Both teams are solidly competitive in the small school ranks and this game always brings out the pride in San Antonio’s rich military community.
Euless Trinity vs. Hurst L.D. Bell
The opening of Euless Trinity in 1970 gave rise to one of the most heated rivalries in the DFW area as the annual grudge match between Trinity and Bell always brings a packed house to Pennington Field. The most famous game between the two rivals was the 1982 meeting in the 5A regional finals at Texas Stadium that ended in a 14-14 tie, Bell advanced on penetrations and eventually advanced to the state title game.
Bridgeport vs. Decatur
The “Battle of Big Sandy” was must-see event in Wise County every year, as the two largest schools in the county just ten miles apart have met nearly 100 times with Decatur holding a 64-28-6 lead.
Abilene vs. San Angelo Central
After 95 meetings dating back to 1910, you can't fault these old Big Country and Concho Valley foes for keeping close tabs on one another and relishing every victory.
El Paso vs. El Paso Austin
At 89 meetings and counting dating back to 1930, the annual Battle of the Claw is El Paso's oldest and most legendary rivalry, drawing huge crowds of rowdy fans to the must-see showdown.