After a brief hiatus, Kewanee and Princeton met again on the football field in 2013.
The renewal of that rivalry has received national recognition as the Boilers vs. Tigers has been selected as one of the top football rivalries and will be part of the Best High School Football Rivalry competition beginning Monday.
USA Today High School Sports selected five high school football rivalries in each state and Washington, D.C. after more than a month of conversations with local media and other state/school officials with high school football expertise. From there, the fans will decide which rivalry emerges from a list of 255 — more than 100 more rivalries overall than a year ago.
Conference shuffling separated the rivals for three years, but the Boilers and Tigers are back together as members of the Three Rivers Conference South Division. The teams met at KHS Stadium Sept. 27, with Kewanee rolling to a 36-0 homecoming win over Princeton. It was the 115th meeting between the teams, with Princeton holding a slim 56-55-4 edge in the series that started in 1897.
The best rivalry contest series launched in November 2012 with the first best high school football rivalry competition — go to the website at contest.usatodayhss. com/rivalry — won by Brookfield vs. Marceline in Missouri. The teams celebrated their national title rivalry on Sept. 13 in Brookfield.
This year's best rivalry competition will end Dec. 18 after three rounds of voting. The 51 winners — each state plus D.C. — advance to one of eight regionals.
The winners of the eight regions, along with two wild cards, move onto a final round of 10.
The winner receives $5,000 to be split evenly between the two schools, with other cash prizes going to all of the national finalists.
USA Today High School Sports begins its Best High School Football Rivalry competition at 12 p.m. Monday, Nov. 18, with 255 games — five per state and Washington D.C. — in the state round, which ends at 12 p.m. Nov. 27.
The 51 winners advance to the second round, where they will be divided among eight regions.
The regional round begins at 12 p.m. Dec. 2 and ends at 12 p.m. Dec. 10.
The eight winners — along with the two highest vote-getters that did not win a regional — advance to a national round, which begins at 12 p.m. Dec. 11 and ends at 12 p.m. Dec. 18.
All times listed are Eastern Standard Time and the contest website is contest.usatodayhss. com/rivalry.