Tigers-Boilers rivalry crowned as best in Illinois

PRINCETON — The Princeton-Kewanee football rivalry has taken its first step to being recognized as the best high school rivalry in the country.

The longtime rivalry dating back to 1895 has been crowned state champions for the 2013 Best Football Rivalry competition sponsored by USA Today High School Sports.

Next up, is the regional round, which will open at 11 a.m. Monday and close Dec. 10. Votes are cast by visiting www.contest.usatodayhss.com/rivalry.

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. The state winners were decided by online 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.

This year’s best rivalry competition will end Dec. 18 after three rounds of voting.

The winner receives $5,000 to be split evenly between the two schools, with other cash prizes going to all of the national finalists.