The Carson-Douglas football rivalry, already the most storied showdown in Northern Nevada, picked up some more credibility with the rest of the state over the last month.
In the preliminary rounds of national contest conducted by USA Today, the Senators and Tigers won the Best High School Football Rivalry in the state of Nevada by carrying a whopping 86 percent of the vote over Bishop Gorman-Palo Verde (3 percent) and Moapa Valley-Virgin Valley (11 percent).
Carson and Douglas gathered 7,124 votes on the USA Today Web site, compared to 874 for Moapa Valley and Virgin Valley and 265 for Bishop Gorman and Palo Verde.
"I just think people notive what a good solid rivalry is," Douglas athletic director Jeff Evans said. "Moapa and Virgin Valley is a pretty good rivalry, I remember that from my time down in Vegas, but it was pretty cool to see the Carson and Douglas communities come together and make this happen.
"I think, given how many people have an interest in this rivalry and how long it's been going, we have a legitimate shot at winning the whole thing."
Now the 51 state winners have advanced to four regional competitions. Voting for that begins Wednesday at 9 a.m. All voting is conducted online at contest.usatodayhss.com. Carson and Douglas will be competing in the West region.
Regional voting ends next week on Dec. 12 and the four regional winners advance to the national finals.
Evans said he first learned of the contest from Douglas High teacher Karen Lamb, who teaches the school's leadership class.
"They were out spreading the word to the students and the greater community and I'm sure Carson was doing the same thing. We'd just encourage people to get on the site and vote and we'll see what happens from there.
"As far as even winning the state portion, that's pretty cool."
The overall national champion rivalry will receive $10,000 to be split between the two schools' athletic departments and USA Today will report live at the 2013 rivalry game. The schools will also be presented with a trophy that will be kept each year by the winning team.