by Leah Little
This historical rivalry is called “The Battle of the Bridge” because the St. John’s River must be crossed for the teams to play. This one dates back to the 1920s and means a lot to these two communities. DeLand Athletics Director Rick Calkins was the third generation in his family, including his father and grandfather, who played in the game. The football stadium is named for DeLand’s previous coach from 1939-1962, Spec Martin.
The 92nd playing of this rivalry makes it full of tradition and history. DeLand came into the contest the 2009 Class 6A state runner up and a slight favorite,while Sanford won the 6A title in 2008. The game was a defensive battle with many costly penalties for both teams. The score was tied 7-7 for most of game until a DeLand field goal in the fourth quarter won the game for the Bulldogs 10-7.
De’Ante Saunders was the star of the night and received the Great American Rivalry Series MVP Award.
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