by Jon Ford
It was a cold rainy night in Columbus OH, but the parking lot was full of tents and grills smoking the air with the aroma of smoked sausages while hundreds of fans at the gate anticipated The Great American Rivalry Series game between St. Francis DeSales and Bishop Watterson. Even with the adverse weather conditions, a crowd of 6000+ packed the stands, full of pride and enthusiasm, ready to cheer their team to a victory. The rivalry dates back to 1962 with Watterson leading the series. But this year, St. Francis DeSales took the field determined to add another win to their column.
The game got off to a rocky start, indicating that a good defense would win the game. It was your typical hard-nose, northern cold football match-up. The score was 10-7 at halftime, with Watterson having the lead. But after a few halftime adjustments St. Francis took the lead in the second half and never looked back. The stern defense rose to the challenge, making big play after big play. Linebacker Chi Chi Ariguzo’s spectacular interception put an end to what could have been a game-tying or even a winning drive. St. Frances went on to win their first Great American Rivalry Game, 17-10.
This Great American Rivalry game was a classic, with the underdog coming out on the winning side.
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- DeSales vs. Watterson – 2009