Great American Rivalry Series announces first-ever Scholar Athlete All-America Team

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High School Football America will be partnering with the Great American Rivalry Series in 2020. For those of you not familiar with the series, it all started in 2004 under the watchful eye of iHigh, Inc.

The Series shines the spotlight on top high school football rivalries across the nation, where long-standing traditions are valued, expectations are sky high, and followers are committed.

We will be sharing content across each others’ platforms throughout the year and we kick things of with the Great American Rivalry Series Scholar Athlete All-America Team.

by the Great American Rivalry Series

The Great American Rivalry Series is thrilled to announce the inaugural Scholar Athlete All-America Team from the 2019 Great American Rivalry Series season.

The Scholar Athlete All-America Team represents the top 25 Scholar Athlete Award winners from over 500 games featured in the 2019 Great American Rivalry Series season. Last fall, nearly 200 nominations were received for this Award which recognizes the hard work of senior student-athletes and their commitment to both academics and athletics. The 25 members of the 2019 All-America Team have been selected as they exemplify the very best within their respective communities.

“These outstanding students have demonstrated their commitment to excellence in both academics and athletics, and this award represents the highest personal achievement within our program.” said Great American Rivalry Series® CEO Rick Ford.

This selection is a celebration of the nation’s top high school football rivalries and the athletes who lay it all out on the field and in the classroom. Click on a player’s name to learn more about each athlete.

Great American Rivalry Series All American Offense 2020

ISAAC WARD, QB – Clark Central High School (GA), Coach – David Perno

CHRIS BARFIELD, RB – L.C.Bird High School (VA), Coach – Troy Taylor

HUNTER POSTEMSKI, RB – Rutland High School (VT), Coach – Mike Norman

GARRISON DABBS, OL – Vestavia Hills High School (AL), Coach Buddy Anderson

MICHAEL KUKLENSKI, OL – Rockhurst High School (MO), Coach – Tony Severino

AIDAN WALSH, OL – Grosse Point South High School (MI), Coach – Tim Brandon

OLIVER BLANCHARD, OL – Gardiner Area High School (ME), Coach – Joe White

HENRY THEIS, OL – La Follette High School (AR), Coach – Scott Swanso

JACOB OLSEN, WR – Sheridan High School (AR), Coach – Lance Parker

JOSHUA RAWLINGS, TE – Woodland Hills Junior / Senior High School (PA), Coach – Tim Bostard

OWEN O’REILLY,  WR – F.J. Reitz High School (IN), Coach – Andy Hape

BRIAN NELMS, DL – Tullahoma High School (TN), Coach – John olive

ADAM BEHLING, DL – Columbus North High School (IN), Coach – Tim Bless

PEYTON KISER, DL – Graham High School (WV), Coach – Tony Palmer

CAM MIZER, DL – Archbishop Hoban High School (OH), Coach – Tim Tyrrell

JOSHUA RODRIGUEZ, DL – Harlingen High School South (TX), Coach – Brian Ricci

JYLON BENNETT, DL – Valdosta High School (GA), Coach – Alan Rodemaker

SAM KILNE, LB – St. Joseph’s Collegiate Institute (NY), Coach – Derek Landri

LOGAN McRAE, LB – Beaverton High School (OR), Coach – Bob Boyer

SAM HARMEYER, LB – Elder High School (OH), Coach – Douglas Ramsey

CHRISTIAN KELLAMS, DB – Fountain Valley High School, Coach – Chris Anderson

CHIBUEZE UZOMAH, DB – Eleanor Roosevelt High School (MD), Coach – Thomas Green

Great American Rivalry Series All-America Special Teams 2020

ALEX RICHARDS, LS – Batavia High School (IL), Coach – Dennis Piron

BEN DORITY, K – Mauldin High School (SC), Coach – Harry Cabaniss

MASON LaMANCE, P – Pickens High School (SC), Coach – Chad Smith

About the Great American Rivalry Series

Each fall for over a century, high school football has been the centerpiece for families and communities on Friday night. In 2004, iHigh, Inc. created the Great American Rivalry Series to celebrate this uniquely American sport and the cultural phenomenon of “Friday Night in America.” The Series shines the spotlight on top high school football rivalries across the nation, where long-standing traditions are valued, expectations are sky high, and followers are committed.

Each year, select schools across the country are invited to participate in the Rivalry Series – schools that have always had the game, a traditional rivalry going back many years in which thousands of players, coaches and fans have participated. It is the game the whole community embraces, looks forward to and talks about all year long. The game where memories are made and then relived at high school reunions across America for years to come.

The Great American Rivalry Series celebrates your rivalry. It revolves around every player – the star players, the scholar athletes and all the players on the team. For many seniors, this rivalry contest will be the last big game of their athletic career and climax of their “Glory Days.” The Rivalry Series captures that moment and helps enhance an experience the players, coaches, students and fans will never forget.

HOW DOES YOUR SCHOOL BENEFIT FROM THE RIVALRY SERIES?

  • The winning team is presented with the Great American Rivalry Series Championship Trophy
  • One player is selected as the game’s “Most Valuable Player” and awarded a trophy and medal
  • The top senior student athlete from each school receives the Rivalry Scholar Student-Athlete Scholarship Award
  • Public address announcements are made noting your school’s involvement in this nationwide program
  • If available, your local (audio) game broadcast is streamed and archived
  • Your school and game are recognized on the iHigh.com and GreatAmericanRivarly.com national websites
  • The host school receives a donation to their athletic program for participating in the Series

About the Author

Jeff Fisher
Jeff is an award-winning journalist and expert in the field of high school sports, underscored with his appearance on CNBC in 2010 to talk about the big business of high school football in America. Jeff turned to his passion for high school football into an entrepreneurial venture called High School Football America, a digital media company focused on producing original high school sports content for radio, television and the internet. Jeff is co-founder and editor-in-chief of High School Football America, which is a media partner with USA TODAY High School Sports.