The St. Johnsbury Academy vs. Lyndon Institute Football Rivalry - 122 years of history!
2015 Game score: SJA 64 : LI 0
Since the fall of 1894, St. Johnsbury Academy and Lyndon Institute have played out their football rivalry, making it one of the oldest football rivalries in the nation.
The first game was won by the Academy with a score of 28-0. The Academy’s second team played Lyndon Institute’s regular squad. It was the first time LI had lined up against an opponent. There was no write-up of the inaugural game but it has continued as a tradition for both schools ever since.
“The Game” has featured 111 contests between the schools, with St. Johnsbury Academy holding the upper hand with 61 wins to LI’s 44. There have been six ties. (Games were suspended in 1897, 1898, from 1900 to 1904, from 1906 to 1907, 1909, 1911, from 1914 to 1918, 1922, and 1927.)
The latest edition of “The Game” saw the Academy win 64 – 0. The 112th edition of “The Game” will be played October 22, 2016 on the campus of St. Johnsbury Academy.
In 2013, USA Today conducted an online poll to determine the greatest rivalry in the nation. “The Game” easily won the Vermont, New England, and Eastern regions, before finishing fourth in the nation.
During the week before The Game, the Academy campus, and the entire St. Johnsbury community, prepare for The Game with dedications to football players in the local media, Pep Chapel, a parade with class floats, and a bonfire—all building the anticipation for the great game. An Alumni gathering is held Friday evening to welcome everyone back to town and rally around “The Game”.