Does VT Hold the Best Rivalry in the Nation?

li st j rivalry poll thumb AROUND THE NEK - Vermont's oldest high school football rivalry is beginning to gain national recognition. USA Today is in the process of discovering the number one high school football rivalry in the nation. St. Johnsbury Academy and Lyndon Institute's match up was voted as best in the northern United States.

They've now moved on to the competition's final round, facing off against three other rivalries from across the country. At press time the Vermont rivalry sat in second place, ahead of Douglas vs. Bisbee (Arizona) and T.R. Miller vs. W.S. Neal (Alabama), but remained nearly ten percentage points behind Brookfield vs. Marceline (Missouri). St. Johnsbury Academy and Lyndon Institute have combined to put together over 300,000 votes in less than 48 hours.

John Suitor, Marketing Director for St. Johnsbury Academy is encouraged by the recognition this rivalry is receiving.  "You know, we're competing with the states from Maine to West Virginia, and right now we're doing OK, we presented to the students yesterday, they're on fire about it, really excited and I think it's a fun thing to do.".

Bragging rights may seem like an important part of winning this poll, but the two schools who win the contest will receive $10,000 to split evenly. But as Paul Wheeler, Athletic Director at Lyndon Institute explains that its not about the money.  "I think more important than that, more important than the 5,000 dollars used in the athletic department would be the recognition that it bring to the schools."

Voting for the poll ends at 11 A.M. Wednesday. The winner will be crowned, officially, the following day, although results will likely be available shortly after the polls close.

If you're interested in voting and supporting your local teams, you can vote HERE!