Photos: The Carolinas’ Oldest Prep Rivalry

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Asheville School traveled to Christ School for the 92nd meeting of the two teams (photos  Blake Madden/A.S.)

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (October 30, 2018) – On Saturday, Asheville School faced Christ School in Arden in the area’s prep version of “The Game.” It was the 92nd time the two teams have faced each other, making it the oldest high school rivalry in the Carolinas. This year, Christ School (9-1) captured a convincing 48-0 home win.

Senior Keyvaunn Cobb paced the Christ School attack with 113 yards rushing and two touchdowns. The Greenies’ standout quarterback Navy Shuler was 17-27 through the air with two touchdown strikes. The Blues were limited offensively and were led defensively by outside linebacker, Uchenna Ikwuakor. The senior backer led the team with nine total tackles and has 85 stops, including three sacks, on the season.

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The two schools play in different divisions of the North Carolina Independent School Athletic Association (NCISAA) but meet annually in continuing the storied rivalry. The Greenies are members of the NCISAA’s Division I, while the Blues compete in the primarily smaller school Division III ranks.

The first game between the rivals was held in 1911, and they have faced each other every year since 1933. The Blues lead the all-time series, 50-38-4. The teams battle annually for the Arbogast-Fayssoux trophy, named for former football coaches at Asheville School (B.H. Arbogast) and Christ School (Richard Fayssoux), respectively.

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Both teams have the postseason in their 2018 plans. On Friday, the third-seeded Greenies travel to Trinity Christian (9-0) in Fayetteville for the opening round of the Division I playoffs. The game is also the divisional semifinals, with the winner advancing to the championship on November 9.

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The Blues have a bye week, and then will host the winner of SouthLake Christian Academy (6-4) and Hickory Grove Christian (2-7) on November 9 at Arbogast Field in the divisional semifinals. The Blues defeated SouthLake Christian, 34-12, on September 13 and Hickory Grove Christian, 55-0, on September 28.

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For the complete brackets for both schools, click here. Check back next week for updates on their playoff progress.

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