Batavia hosts Geneva, 100 years of varsity football

According to Illinois high school football buffs, Batavia and Geneva have played each other 93 times in the last 99 years. This Friday marks the 100th year of what the Geneva yearbook in 1924 called “the biggest game of the season.”

Of the 93 games played by these two teams, Geneva has won 51 times, Batavia has won 37 times, and five games have ended in a tie.

The exact number is in question, as the influenza epidemic of 1918 apparently resulted in no game being scheduled between the two schools. However, one secondary source (not a newspaper) says Batavia won a game between the two schools in that year, while another secondary source says Geneva won the game.

All ties came before 1975, when the IHSA instituted tie-breaker rules. However, the only overtime game in the series came in 2003. The game, scoreless at the end of regulation, took four overtime possessions for Batavia to win, 20-17.

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