The second annual Best High School Football Rivalry competition is underway, and this time, there is even more competition.
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, fans will decide which rivalry emerges from a list of 255 - more than 100 more rivalries overall than a year ago – by voting online at USATodayhss.com.
This year's best rivalry competition began today and will end Dec. 18, after three rounds of voting. The 51 state 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 prizes going to all of the national finalists.
Voting to decide the top prep gridiron rivalry in each state is currently underway and is set to conclude on Friday.
The Ohio rivalries contending for state bragging rights are Dover-New Philadelphia, Liberty Center-Patrick Henry, Ravenna-Kent Roosevelt, St. Ignatius-St. Edward and Massillon Washington-Canton McKinley.
Fans can vote for their favorite Ohio rivalry as many times as they'd like during the contest period