Shelton/Derby football rivalry is up for national recognition

The Shelton/Derby football rivalry is up for a national competition by USA Today and needs voter support.

The winner of the top rival football match-up competition gets $10,000.

Shelton and Derby High Schools which have been rivals for 102 years have been chosen as one of the top rival football match-ups in Connecticut. USA Today High School Sports has selected three of the top rivalries in each state and now it's up to voters to decide the nation's best high school football rivalry.

As of Friday afternoon, Shelton Athletic Director John Niski said the Shelton/Derby rivalry was tied for first place. Each state’s best rivalry, as chose by voters, will be named after voting ends at 11 a.m. on Dec. 3.

All of these rivalries represent decades, and sometimes more than a century, of the greatest competition and plenty of bad blood. But now those communities must bind together to win a state (and perhaps a national) title.

The 51 winners will advance to the regional competition, where four winners will emerge for the national competition, which will conclude with the crowning of the nation’s top high school football rivalry at 11 a.m. on Dec. 19. The national winner will receive $10,000, to be split evenly between the two schools.

Visit this site to vote:  You can find Shelton/Derby by choosing "Connecticut" at the top of the page.