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Batavia vs. Geneva—Who Will Win the 100th Anniversary Game?

One of the oldest rivalries in Illinois football history resumes Friday, as Geneva travels to Batavia for the 93rd meeting of the two neighbor schools. Which team will win this year?

In this, the 100th anniversary of the Geneva-Batavia football rivalry, all the coins are stacked on the Bulldogs' side.

Batavia is 2-0 so far in 2012 and coming off a 2011 season in which the Bulldogs went 12-1 and advanced to the state Class 6A semifinals. Geneva is 0-2 this season, handed a couple of hefty losses in a rebuilding year after bowing out in the first round of the Class 7A playoffs a year ago.

The Bulldogs won the first meeting, a 12-7 victory at Batavia in 1913. Overall, the Vikings have won 51 times to the Bulldogs' 37. There have been five ties, and the teams did not play for seven of the intervening years, according to the outstanding Batavia library website.

This year's contest is at Batavia, and the Bulldogs are prohibitive favorites. Batavia Coach Dennis Piron, himself a former Bulldog player, isn't likely to allow a letdown. We can only hope that it's not one of those blowout games mentioned on the Batavia library's record books.

Still, simply because of the storied rivalry, anything can happen. Emotions will run high.

Which team will win?

Let us know in our Patch Poll, running on both the Batavia Patch and Geneva Patch websites. The deadline for making your vote is 6 p.m. Friday.

Rick Nagel (Editor) September 06, 2012 at 12:53 AM
Go, Vikings!
btown95 September 06, 2012 at 01:28 AM
So did Geneva change their colors to purple? Looks like the Minnesota Viking in the graphic there.
Rick Nagel (Editor) September 06, 2012 at 02:33 PM
So far, most folks think it will be close, but Batavia will win.
B. Guenther September 06, 2012 at 02:39 PM
Its amazing how fast people fall of the bandwagon.
Kim Diehl September 06, 2012 at 05:12 PM
Go Bulldogs!
Kelli Trejo September 06, 2012 at 07:42 PM
Go Vikings!
Sally September 07, 2012 at 03:48 PM
Go Bulldogs!!
btown95 September 07, 2012 at 06:50 PM
Bulldogs win tonight 24-10...just my prediction. Geneva will struggle this year with a sophomore QB, but it will pay off the next two seasons. Batavia went through the same growing pains a few seasons ago and it paid off into a 12-1 season last year.
Paul Bryant September 07, 2012 at 07:25 PM
Smaller numbers, smaller size, slower than past teams. It's not so much a matter of falling off the bandwagon as it is being realistic. .500+ this year will be an uphill battle, as will next year.
Jim J September 07, 2012 at 08:48 PM
Geneva, let's go! Geneva, let's go! To opponents our strength show! Fight to the last and be steadfast 'til victory is ours! Fight, fight, fight! You do your best, we'll do the rest! On the sidelines cheering you Geneva, let's go! Geneva, let's go! 'til victory is ours! Shout it out! Fight, Fight!
btown95 September 10, 2012 at 01:57 AM
got the margin of victory correct, just not the final score....GO BULLDOGS!!

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