Aurora's East-West Football Rivalry (eBook)

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For over 120 years, thepeople of Aurora, Illinois, have gathered together to watch East Aurora andWest Aurora High Schools square off in what is now Illinois’ longest-runningfootball rivalry. Since first taking to the gridiron in 1893, the schools havelaid claim to mythical state championships, represented Illinois inintra-sectional games and pioneered night football. Alumni from these storiedrivals include college all-Americans, Hall of Fame coaches, decorated warheroes, an Olympic medalist, a charter member of the NFL, numerous successfulhigh school coaches, outstanding businessmen and civic leaders, includingformer mayors of Santa Monica, California, and Des Moines, Iowa. Author SteveSolarz pored over the records of more than two thousand games to produce a workthat is both an encyclopedic resource and a passionate account of a celebratedtradition.

For over 120 years, thepeople of Aurora, Illinois, have gathered together to watch East Aurora andWest Aurora High Schools square off in what is now Illinois’ longest-runningfootball rivalry. Since first taking to the gridiron in 1893, the schools havelaid claim to mythical state championships, represented Illinois inintra-sectional games and pioneered night football. Alumni from these storiedrivals include college all-Americans, Hall of Fame coaches, decorated warheroes, an Olympic medalist, a charter member of the NFL, numerous successfulhigh school coaches, outstanding businessmen and civic leaders, includingformer mayors of Santa Monica, California, and Des Moines, Iowa. Author SteveSolarz pored over the records of more than two thousand games to produce a workthat is both an encyclopedic resource and a passionate account of a celebratedtradition.


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