Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

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September 13, 2013

HOBSTETTER HOT ROUTES: Russell-Ashland rivalry is upon us

ASHLAND — The idea of an anniversary is just amazing to me.

My parents have been married for almost 40 years. I think it’s unbelievable two people can be together that long.

I then started doing research for this week’s "Hobstetter’s Hot Routes" and have found something that puts my parents’ marriage to shame.

Ashland and Russell have played each other every season for 54 years. That is 54 years straight, not total.

There are a several great fun facts about the game that has become a staple to the area football schedule.

‰Ivan McGlone has faced the Tomcats 38 times over 37 seasons as the head coach of Russell. In that time, McGlone has a record of 18-20 against Ashland.

Ashland has had seven different coaches during Russell's McGlone Era. In McGlone’s first year, he faced Herb Conley in his final year at Ashland.

‰ Ivan McGlone has faced the Tomcats 38 times over 37 seasons as the head coach of Russell. In that time, McGlone has a record of 18-20 against Ashland.

While McGlone has been a constant in the series, as Ashland has had seven different coaches. And in McGlone’s first year he faced Herb Conley in his final year at Ashland.

‰ In 1989, Ashland and Russell met in the playoffs. It’s the only time the two rivals have met in postseason play.

‰ These teams have a lot of additional history between one another thanks to the annual Kiwanis Bowl. The Kiwanis Bowl features the freshman teams of both schools battling out in the last game of their season.

The Kiwanis Bowl is always a big deal for both teams, and it serves as a nice appetizer to the future varsity clashes.

‰ The final fun fact (unless you’re a Russell fan) is that Ashland has won the past five meetings by a total of 204-45. That marks the most consecutive wins since the beginning of the series when Ashland won 13 straight.

And I always find it amazing that no matter how good or bad a season each team is having, the game is packed. So if you want to get a good seat to take in the action at Ivan McGlone Field, get there early.  

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