Although Oregon City and West Linn high school sports teams will now be competing in different leagues for the first time in decades, the longtime sports rivalry between the two schools continues this fall — at least in the sport of football.

Oregon City and West Linn high school football teams will do battle for the 94th consecutive year at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 5, at West Linn High School in what has been heralded as the longest uninterrupted high school football rivalry west of the Mississippi. Oregon City holds a 50-42-1 advantage in the series, which began in 1921.

The Oregon City Optimists invite the community to the Oregon City Elks Lodge on McLoughlin Blvd. at 6:30 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 4 for this year’s kickoff breakfast.

Football players and coaches from the two schools will be attending the breakfast. Gladstone mayor Wade Byers, who graduated from West Linn High School, is the guest emcee. Former Oregon City coach Ed Burton is the featured speaker.

Tickets will be available at the door for $10.00.

Oregon City has won the last two games between the rivals, 36-29 in 2012 and 31-28 last fall. But before that, West Linn had won nine straight games in the series.

Both Oregon City and West Linn have new head coaches for football. Former West Albany coach Randy Nyquist is the new head coach at Oregon City and former South Eugene coach Chris Miller is the new head coach at West Linn.

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