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Massillon Washington High School and Canton McKinley High School have been battling it out on the football field every season since 1894.

The game, which has become known simply as the "War of 1894," has received national attention over the years as the nation's best high school football rivalry.

The residents of the two neighboring cities may be bitter rivals while in the stands watching their beloved teams play on the gridiron, but for the next two weeks, they - along with all Northeast Ohioans - have the chance to team up and vote for the rivalry to be crowned as the country's best by voting in a USA Today High School Sports online contest currently taking place.

Through voting that took place Nov. 19-Dec. 3, the matchup between the Tigers and Bulldogs was declared as Ohio's best rivalry.

Now, the Northeast Ohio rivalry is eligible to be named the Midwest's best prep football rivalry. Voting has already begun at contest.usatodayhss.com/vote/midwest and will continue until 11 a.m. on Dec. 12. During the contest period, fans can vote as many times as they'd like.

If the Massillon-McKinley rivalry is voted as the Midwest's best, it will then be eligible to compete to be named the nation's best high school football rivalry. Voting for the best national rivalry among the four regional winners will beginat 11 a.m. on Dec. 13 and will end at 11 a.m. on Dec. 19.

The schools that participate in the rivalry voted as the country's best will take home much more than just bragging rights. Each school's athletic department will receive $5,000. USA TODAY Sports will also report live on the rivalry game in 2013 and will present the schools with a trophy that will be kept each year by the winning team.

Vote for Massillon-McKinley to be named Midwest's best high school football rivalry

For more Northeast Ohio high school sports news, scores, photos and videos, visit usatodayhss.com/Cleveland.

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