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The Game

Each year, since 1971, the Indians face crosstown rivals, Fort Walton Beach Vikings. Known as "The Game," this rivalry is second to none in terms of spirit, desire and pride. Bragging rights lasting an entire year are on the line. Click HERE to read some interesting facts about "The Game."

Choctawhatchee
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Current Win Total - 22 Games

"The Game"

Ft. Walton Beach Vikings

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Current Win Total - 21 Games

Year
Winner
Score
1971
Choctaw
12-7
1972
FWB
27-0
1973
FWB
16-13
1974
Choctaw
20-14
1975
FWB
7-0
1976
FWB
7-6
1977
Choctaw
23-0
1978
FWB
14-7
1979
Choctaw
14-0
1980
Choctaw
34-13
1981
FWB
14-7
1982
Choctaw
21-13
1983
Choctaw
14-0
1984
FWB
10-7
1985
FWB
22-14
1986
Choctaw
9-7
1987
Choctaw
19-14
1988
Choctaw
31-24
1989
Choctaw
33-7
1990
Choctaw
28-14
1991
FWB
33-28
1992
FWB
31-7
1993
Choctaw
38-17
1994
Choctaw
28-7
1995
FWB
30-10
1996
Choctaw
29-7
1997
FWB
31-7
1998
FWB
27-20
1999
Choctaw
31-28
2000
FWB
21-10
2001
Choctaw
31-16
2002
Choctaw
14-10
2003
Choctaw
21-14
2004
FWB
7-24
2005
FWB
13-16
2006
FWB
21-23
2007
FWB
23-37
2008
FWB
21-35
2009
Choctaw
21-14
2010
FWB
17-20
2011
Choctaw
31-23
2012
FWB
31-38
2013
Choctaw
19-7

 

Interesting facts regarding "The Game."

1971 Football ProgramThe First Football Program

The football program is an important part of the history of the game. The picture shown here is a copy of the 1971 program. Choctaw was victorious in the first game 12-7.

(Click on the Image to enlarge)

 

Scoring Bookends

  • The first points ever scored in this rivalry occurred when Ronnie Kuykendall of Choctaw scored on a 3 yard touchdown run in 1971.
  • The last point of this rivalry was scored .....TBA

Longest Scoring Plays from Scrimmage

  • Rushing - Tracy Lineberger (FWB), 89 yard run in 1985. Strangely, this rush passed the previous longest TD run held by his brother Travis from the season before (42 yards). Both of these runs were 4th quarter game winners for the Vikes.
  • Receiving/Passing - Jace Blanchard to Alyx Schank (CHS), 96 yard pass completion in 2006.
  • Fieldgoal - Robby Naylor (CHS), 51 yards in 1999.

Arthur Humphrey's Amazing Night

  • Choctaw's Arthur Humphrey still holds the single-game rushing record in this amazing series. When he collapsed from exhaustion in the endzone following his third rushing touchdown of the night in 1980, he had amassed 315 rushing yards. This total has not even been approached before or since. The Indians won 34-14 in the highest scoring contest to that point.

Third Time's the Charm

  • Until 1988, no team had ever won three years in a row. The Indians were the first to accomplish this feat. In 1988, the Hudson Marina trophy became a permanent possession of the Indians as a result. The Indians didn't stop there. They went on to win the next two as well for a total of five in a row!
  • The fifth victory in that series of Indian wins was the springboard to Choctaw's first state championship. It featured two high-powered offenses led by the Indians' Jeff Peters and future Heisman trophy winner, Danny Wuerffel for the Vikes.
  • These two battled the next year as well with Wuerffel and the Vikes winning on the way to their first state championship.
  • The "threepeat" accomplishment was repeated in 2001-2003 as the Indians won three in a row for the 2nd time.
  • The Vikings accomplished this feat for the first time in 2006.

Stadium Trivia

  • 2006 marked the first time that "The Game" has not been played on the campus of Choctawhatchee High School. No longer will the Vikings have to "ride the bus" to their home games against Choctaw.
  • The first game played on the campus of Fort Walton Beach High School was a Viking victory (23-21).

The Kick

  • In 1999, the Indians avoided overtime in Coach Bobby Moore's first season as Robby Naylor kicked a winning field goal with less than a minute to play. Although there have been a long line of outstanding kickers throughout the years for both teams, many signing college scholarships, this 51 yard boot not only won the game but is the longest in the history of the series.

The Shootout

  • The highest scoring game in the series featured two gunslinging QB's, the Indians' Jeff Peters and the Vikings' Danny Wuerffel. The final score of this Viking victory was 33-28 for a combined total of 61 points, the largest point total in the series.

The Running Score

  • Through 2006's version of "The Game," the Indians have outscored the Vikings 627-565.

Largest Margins of Victory

  • FWB owns the most lopsided victory in the contest (27 points), a 27-0 victory in 1972.
  • Choctaw owns the next most lopsided victory (26 points), a 33-7 victory in 1989.

Defense Rules

  • There have been 5 shutouts in "The Game." The Indians have held the Vikings scoreless three times, the Vikings have shutout the Indians twice. The last shutout was a 14-0 Indian Victory in 1983.