The third annual Investors Bank Friday Night Lights game pits the undefeated Summit Hilltoppers against the Governor Livingston Highlanders from Berkeley Heights. This year, the game begins at 7 p.m. at Summit High’s Investors Bank Field.
Each team is competing for the . The winning team will have their school’s name engraved on the trophy, which they will keep until next year’s game. Also, the Most Valuable Player (MVP) on each team will receive a $500 scholarship from Investors.
The Investors Cup represents one of the many connections that the Bank continues to build in communities throughout New Jersey, New York City, and Long Island. These grassroots relationships created by the Bank are represented in its symbol, “The Weave,” by the intersecting green and white lines. In Summit, for example, the Bank’s local branch supports a wide range of athletic teams, scholarship programs, and community events.
“We are always working to find new ways to serve our customers and their communities,” said Investors’ President and CEO Kevin Cummings, who is scheduled to present the Investors Cup to the winning coach and co-captains. “And, through our effort, we aim to be the driving force that brings the people from our communities closer together.”
Overall, the Investors Cup pays tribute to the positive role sports play in high school and community life. To specifically recognize players, the Highlanders’ varsity football coach Terry Hanratty and his staff will select the MVP from Summit H.S., while the Hilltoppers’ varsity football coach John Liberato and his staff will choose the MVP from Governor Livingston H.S. The scholarships, along with a commemorative plaque, will be presented to each MVP at their respective school’s athletic dinner.
Building up to the season’s culmination, Summit High School’s Hilltoppers and the Governor Livingston Highlanders come into the Investors Cup game with a rivalry that has grown in recent years. The Hilltoppers enter with a 5-0 record this season, while the Highlanders, considered one of the top rated teams in the Mid-State 39 Football Conference, are 1-3.