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Westfield-Plainfield Football Rivalry Among Best in the Nation

The teams have advanced to the finals of USA Today's contest.

Westfield vs. Plainfield. Credit: Patch file photo.
Westfield vs. Plainfield. Credit: Patch file photo.

The Westfield vs. Plainfield football rivalry has moved on to the next round of the USA Today “Best Rivalry” competition. The rivalry received 42,013 votes for their region; while the next most received votes were 35,580. 

The final round is ongoing now and ends on Dec. 18. Vote, here.  Currently the rivalry has 3,898 votes.

Westfield High School Athletic Director, Sandra Mamary, is hoping everyone will vote as many times as possible.

“I am very excited about winning the State and the Region rounds of this contest for the USA Today Greatest Rivalry competition,” she said. “The support from the community and alumni from all over the USA has been tremendous and a testament to the impact of Blue Devil Athletics.”

She added that the support from the Plainfield community has also been tremendous.

The two football teams have met on Thanksgiving Day since 1944, but the rivalry between them goes back to the 1900’s, according to Bruce Johnson, a Westfield sports historian.

Head Football Coach, Jim DeSarno, said the fact the teams have advanced is just another reason why Westfield is such a special place.

“It just says a lot about our school and community that they jumped on board and supported this cause,” DeSarno said.

The winners of the eight USA Today regionals, plus two wildcards will advance to a final round of 10 teams. 

USA Today’s “Best of” series began in 2012 with a "Best Rivalry" competition between Brookfield vs. Marceline in Missouri. 

Winners will receive $5,000 split in half by the two teams. For more information visit the contest page at USA Today.

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