SHELBY VS. CREST
THE FANS: Due to the close proximity of the two schools,
most folks in Cleveland County count fans of both Shelby and
Crest as family members, said sports writer Richard Walker,
who grew up in Boiling Springs. Shelby wide receiver Jaylen
Borders is the son of former Crest wide receiver Chesley
Borders, who played at North Carolina. Retired Crest athletic
director Guy Suttle coached Shelby to a 2001 state baseball
THE HISTORY: Shelby and Crest have played annually
since 1968 with the Golden Lions holding a 26-20-1 series
lead. Shelby dominated the early series, winning 11 of the
first 12 matchups through 1979 before the Chargers reeled
off four straight victories. Over the past 25 years the series
has been more competitive. Shelby only holds a one-game
advantage in the matchup since 1989.
THE STAKES: “It’s always bragging rights regardless of
the records,” said Andy Foster, a 1967 Crest graduate who
has broadcasted all but one game in the rivalry since 1969.
“Usually, especially in recent years, the records are always
(good), too.” Shelby won county, conference and state titles
in 1968, 1970, 1972, 1976 and 2006, while Crest did the
same in 1994, 1996, 2004 and 2014.
THE FUTURE: In 2013, Crest and Shelby became
conference foes again for the first time since competing in
the Southwestern Conference from 1968-1984. The past
two years the game has not only been for bragging rights but
for the regular season title in the South Mountain Athletic
2A/3A Conference. The Chargers and Golden Lions could
be separated in 2017 when the NCHSAA realigns all the
conferences in the state.
BESSEMER CIT Y VS.
CHARLOTTE COUN TRY
DAY VS. CHARLOTTE
HIGH POIN T CEN TRAL
NEW HANOVER VS.
MURPHY VS. SWAIN
PAGE VS. GRIMSLEY
CARY VS. APEX
JAMES KENAN VS.
J.H. ROSE VS. D.H.
MALLARD CREEK VS.
T.L. HANNA VS.
YORK VS. CLOVER
ROCK HILL VS.
CLINTON VS. LAURENS
NORTH AUGUSTA VS.
GREER VS. BLUE RIDGE
GREEN WOOD VS.
A.C. FLORA VS. DREHER
There are many ingredients that make a great high school rivalry.
FNF Carolinas magazine broke down the key components that factor
into making two of the Carolinas most well-known rivalries more
than just another Friday night game under the lights.
Dissecting a Rivalry
SENECA VS. DANIEL
THE TOWNS: The town of Seneca S.C., chartered by
the state in 1874, has a population 8, 102, according to the
2010 Census. It is located six miles from Clemson University
and near the Oconee Nuclear Station on Lake Keowee.
Central, N.C. ( 5,159), given its name because it is halfway
between Charlotte and Atlanta, is the home to Daniel, 12
miles northeast of Seneca.
THE HISTORY: Seneca and Daniel first met in 1960, the
same year the two schools opened. The Lions hold a 38-20
advantage with a playoff win in the 1995 state semifinals.
Daniel endured a nine-game losing streak between 1976 and
1984, but has not lost more than two straight in 20 years.
Seneca has won 17 of 22 since 1997, including six in a row
starting in 1997.
THE COACHES: Before Tom Bass ( 18 years, 169-61)
arrived at Seneca, the Bobcats had only been to the playoffs
four times and had never won a postseason game. Under
Bass, Seneca has made 14 playoff appearances, advanced
to the state semifinals six times and played in the 1996 title.
Daniel has had just three coaches in school history – Dick
Singleton ( 30 years, 191-126), Allen Sitterle ( 16 years, 168-
40) and Randy Robinson ( 9 years, 94-23).
THE PLAYERS: Many former players in the Seneca-Daniel rivalry have gone on to play college and professional
football. The notables include: Daniel – Kent Lawrence
(Georgia, Philadelphia and Atlanta); Terry Smith (Clemson
and Indianapolis); Kevin Breedlove (Georgia, Tampa Bay
and San Diego), Jarvis Jenkins (Clemson, Washington and
Chicago) and DeAndre Hopkins (Clemson and Houston);
Seneca – Clarence Kay (Georgia and Denver). NBA Hall of
Famer Pete Maravich attended Daniel before graduating
from Broughton in Raleigh.