ASHEVILLE SCHOOL VS. CHRIST SCHOOL
This matchup began in 1911 and has been ongoing for 104
years, making it the longest private-school rivalry in the
state. At Asheville School, the contest is preceded by a week
of festivities and a pep rally the night before the game. The
football teams compete for the Fayssoux-Arbogast Trophy,
named for coaches at each school, and it remains with the
winning school until the next year’s game.
MYERS PARK VS. SOUTH MECKLENBURG
INDEPENDENCE VS. BUTLER
Ten state championships bet ween the schools from 2000-
2012 tells you everything you need to know about this rivalry.
Located nine miles apart in the Matthews-Mint Hill area of
southeast Mecklenburg County, Independence and Butler
have dominated the 4A landscape for more than a decade.
The Patriots won 109 straight games and seven state titles in
a row (2000-2006), while the Bulldogs earned 4A championships in 2009, 2010 and 2012.
SPARTANBURG VS. DORMAN
This rivalry harkens back to the day
when Dorman was the “country” school
and Spartanburg was the big-city school.
Each year, Dorman students celebrate
“Farmers Day” to commemorate the
annual game with the Vikings by wearing
overalls and taking their trucks mudding
in a display of rural pride. Spartanburg, the
winner of six state championships (1932,
1991, 1994, 1995, 1996 and 2001), leads the
series with Dorman 40-18. The Cavaliers
won state titles in 2000 and 2009.
SUMMERVILLE VS. GOOSE CREEK
When you’ve got the winningest high school
coach in America on your sideline (John
Mc Kissick, 620-156-13), everybody wants to beat
you, and Goose Creek is no different. These Low
Country teams have been playing since 1970.
While the Green Wave has been the more storied
program with 12 state championships and a
record of 37-10 against the Gators, Goose Creek,
the winner of the 2011 4 A Division 2 state title,
has won the last five in a row in the series.
IRMO VS. DUTCH FORK
The Yellow Jackets and Silver Foxes battle for supremacy
of the suburban Columbia community, which matches an
established school (Irmo, 1960) with a relative newcomer
(Dutch Fork, 1992). Irmo leads the series 17-8, but Dutch
Fork has won six of the last seven meetings, including a
playoff victory in 2011. The rivalry added some juice when
Tommy Knotts, who won seven state championships in North
Carolina, became the head coach at Dutch Fork.