“The Little Big Game”, aka LBG as it is known in these parts, is the oldest rivalry in northern California. For more than 80 years these two teams have been battling it out on the gridiron. A rivalry that began in 1927 is 87 years old this year. Burlingame has dominated 13 of the last 15 years since legendary Coach Buz Williams retired from San Mateo. It all starts when the band from the visitor marches the mile and a half down the street that separates the two schools. All for the right to possess “The Paw”, the traditional trophy for the winner, Bearcat or Panther? Burlingame comes in this year already headed to the playoffs. San Mateo is playing for pride.
Burlingame got the initial touchdown to set the tone and followed that with 2 more for a 21-0 lead. It appeared to be a rout. But San Mateo had other ideas, this was after all a rivalry game. The Bearcats scored 2 touchdowns of their own late in the 2nd to make it 21-14 at the half. Then San Mateo returned a punt for a 68yd TD late in the 3rd . Yes it is a rivalry game 24-21. Burlingame came back with a 4th quarter touchdown to secure the win. 30-21 and now leads the series 51-32-4.
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- Burlingame vs. San Mateo – 2014