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Freedom wide receiver Demorian Burgess (left) and East Burke defensive back Austin Sellers go airborne before Burgess makes the catch for a touchdown in September 2018 in Icard. 

RALEIGH — The Fat Friday prep football rivalry between East Burke and Freedom has been recognized as one of the best in the state by HighSchoolOT.com.

The prep sports outlet polled its followers on Twitter and Instagram to determine the best football feuds in the state, and the game that ended the regular season for 35 years when the Cavaliers and Patriots were in the old Northwestern 4A Conference received recognition.

Freedom currently is on a series-record nine-game winning streak, including a 55-13 nonconference victory in Icard last fall. The average score over that span has been 50-7 in favor of the Patriots, whose smallest margin of victory during the streak was a 42-14 win in 2012.

Before the current Freedom streak, the Cavaliers won three in a row from 2007-09, all of which came by double digits and culminated in a 38-16 win in ’09.

The teams first met in 1974, and the Patriots own a 27-18 all-time advantage in the series.

The top 10 rivalries in the state, according to those polled, are Scotland County-Richmond County, Page-Dudley, Southern Lee-Lee County, East Forsyth-West Forsyth, Eastern Alamance-Western Alamance, Shelby-Crest, A.L. Brown-Concord, Tuscola-Pisgah, Heritage-Wake Forest and Tarboro-Southwest Edgecombe.

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