Under a roasting sun more reminiscient of a BHS graduation ceremony than a Fall classic, the Panthers held on to The Paw for another year by beating San Mateo 30-21 in the 87th annual contest. The annual spectacle was even bigger than usual since the U.S. Marine Corps selected the game as one of a hundred Great American Rivalry games--which of course it is.
In 2004, iHigh, Inc. created the Great American Rivalry Series to celebrate this uniquely American sport and the cultural phenomenon of “Friday Night in America.” The Series has since spotlighted high school football games in nearly 40 states. The Series shines the spotlight on top high school football rivalries across the nation, where long-standing traditions are valued, expectations are sky-high, and fans are committed.
The Panthers jumped out to a 21-0 lead on the strength of a pair of Gindraux brothers' TD passes, but could not pull away from the Bearcats who benefited from some timely BHS fumbles and a long punt return TD. As usual, the game was only part of the spectacle with cheer squads and the bands from both schools performing at half time. The game is also being streamed in replay at BAOSN TV. Big gets bigger every year!
Here is one one touchdown pass, the Marine display and the awarding of The Paw by the principal which will go back in the building until next year.
By the way, the B'game Police were very kind to have announcer John Horgan warn the crowd three times that if they were illegally parked on Oak Grove, they would be towed. The new bleachers looked great, too.