For the second consecutive year, the Aberdeen-Hoquiam football game will be part of the Great American Rivalry Series.
The Bobcats and Grizzlies will collide for the 108th time on Sept. 14 at Olympic Stadium. The contest returns to a Saturday afternoon affair, with the kickoff scheduled for 1 p.m.
Sponsored by an online service, the Great American Rivalry Series was created some 10 years ago to feature more than 80 football rivalries nationwide. The Aberdeen-Hoquiam game was first included in that series last year.
Participants in the series will award one senior letterman per team with a high grade point average. Hoquiam’s Devin Kelly and Aberdeen’s Jordon Logan are this year’s recipients.
Kelly, a running back/linebacker, is a member of the National Honor Society, was a standout in track and volunteers as an assistant coach on youth baseball and football teams.
Logan, a lineman, possesses a 3.83 grade point average. He was a state qualifier in wrestling and received the school’s Jud Graham Award last year.
In addition, Aberdeen grad Guy Bingham and Hoquiam alum Bill Linnenkohl will be inducted into the Great American Rivalry Series Hall of Fame.
A 1976 Aberdeen graduate, Bingham earned all-league recognition in football and basketball and was an all-Big Sky Conference lineman at the University of Montana. He played 14 years in the National Football League, with the New York Jets, Atlanta Falcons and Washington Redskins, and gained the reputation as one of the league’s top long snappers for punts and placekicks. He lives in Montana.
An all-league, all-state and high school All-American lineman at Hoquiam prior to his 1972 graduation, Linnenkohl started as a true freshman at linebacker for the Air Force Academy. He then transferred to the University of Puget Sound, where he became a Little All-American and a three-time all-Northwest League performer. Linnenkohl is the founder and CEO of Olympia Physical Therapy and Industrial Rehabilitation and has been in private practice for 36 years, with three clinics in the Olympia-Lacey area.
Hoquiam has scheduled a community pep assembly for the contest at 6:30 p.m. at the high school gym.
Both teams will open the season the previous week, with Aberdeen hosting Montesano and Hoquiam traveling to Centralia on Sept. 6.