GEICO State Champions Bowl Series

December 22, 2018


GEICO State Champions
Bowl Series

Game 1

St. Frances Academy - 43
(Baltimore, MD)


Lee County High School - 14
(Leesburg, GA)


Game 2

East Side Catholic High School - 17
(Sammamish, WA)


Centennial High School - 0
(Peoria, AZ)



GEICO State Champions Bowl Series

December 22, 2018

GEICO returns for the third consecutive year as title sponsor of the State Champions Bowl Series. This unique event allows high school football champions from different states to play against each other in post-season bowl games televised on ESPNU. Lee County High School in Leesburg, Ga. will host St. Frances Academy from Baltimore, Md. in the first game on Saturday, Dec. 22, at 7:30 p.m. ET. ESPN play-by-play commentator Jay Alter and analyst Craig Haubert will call the first game. Centennial High School in Peoria, Ariz. will host Eastside Catholic High School from Sammamish, Wash. in the second game at 10:30 p.m. Mike Corey and Rene Ingoglia will be on the call for the second game. Both games will also be available to stream via the ESPN App.

<strong>GEICO</strong> State Champions Bowl Series trophyphoto by Glossy Finish

“The GEICO State Champions Bowl Series allows ESPN to continue to showcase high school sports on a national stage, said Dan Margulis, ESPN senior director of college and high school sports programming. "This event, created by Paragon Marketing Group, is a great way to highlight the next generation of college student-athletes during our month-long commitment to bowl season.”

Paragon Marketing Group worked with GEICO to create this fan-friendly event that rewards State Champions for their excellence, and acknowledges them on a national level. “We thank the state associations for allowing their champions to participate, and appreciate Lee County and Centennial High Schools for hosting these events at the local level. We are excited to bring a national audience to these high school communities.” said Rashid Ghazi, Partner, Paragon Marketing Group.

Currently the AIA (Arizona), FHSAA (Florida), GHSA (Georgia), HSSAA (Hawaii), MIAA (Maryland), NIAA (Nevada), UHSAA (Utah) and WIAA (Washington) have approved their member schools to participate in the GEICO State Champions Bowl Series.

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Paragon Marketing Group

Paragon Marketing Group, an engagement marketing consultancy, owns and operates the GEICO High School National Tournament. We develop marketing platforms grounded in sports, entertainment, music, arts, cause and media partnerships. These platforms are created to develop engaged, sustainable relationships with our clients’ target audiences. Additionally, we are committed to creating a culture that delivers a great place to work and engenders long-term, healthy business partnerships.

Since our inception in 1995, we have grown from 3 people to over 80 marketing professionals, all of whom have a passion for sponsorship marketing. Our core competencies include sponsorship targeting/identification, evaluation, negotiation, activation, execution and measurement. Additionally, many of our clients have trusted Paragon to deliver value in the areas of event creation, mobile marketing, digital/social marketing platforms and television/digital content production.

In 2002, we secured the rights to put LeBron James, Cleveland’s then star high school basketball player, on ESPN2. Their subsequent broadcast of the game against Oak Hill Academy garnered the highest ratings ever for the channel and created a new television category — live national broadcast of high school football, basketball, and lacrosse. Since then, our relationship with ESPN has grown into a strategic partnership showcasing the top high school football and basketball teams and players to a national audience each season.

To date we have partnered with ESPN to televise over 550 high school events featuring teams from 35 states. Games featured some of the biggest names in sports including Kevin Durant, Dwight Howard, Kevin Love, Derrick Rose, Kyrie Irving, Anthony Davis, Tim Tebow, Jadeveon Clowney, Julio Jones, AJ Green and Jameis Winston.

Paragon partners with ESPN on the following live properties

GEICO ESPN High School Football Kickoff & Showcase

GEICO ESPN High School Basketball Showcase

GEICO State Champions Bowl Series

GEICO High School Basketball Nationals

GEICO High School Lacrosse Nationals


No. 5 St. Frances (Maryland) at Lee County (Georgia)

7:30 p.m. from Leesburg, Ga.

St. Frances features six players ranked in the ESPN 300 and Junior 300, including the No. 1 ILB Shane Lee, who is committed to Alabama. The Panthers have experience from the 2017 GEICO Bowl Series, when they beat top-ten nationally ranked Bingham (Utah) 41-3. St. Frances will likely face a tougher test in Georgia this year, as Lee Country is coming off back-to-back 6A state titles.

Eastside Catholic (Washington) at No. 24 Centennial (Arizona)

10:30 p.m. (8:30pm MT, local) from Peoria, Ariz.

Eastside Catholic has won an impressive three WIAA state championships in the last five years. The school appeared in the first ever State Champions Bowl Series in 2014, and looks to prove itself on the national stage again with a very talented, young team. Centennial won its second straight AIA 5A state championship on its way to an undefeated season and a top-25 national ranking. This will be Centennial’s first appearance in the GEICO State Champions Bowl Series.