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Mission Viejo 37, Long Beach Poly 7 (9/24/10)

September 25, 2010

by Jon Ford

It was a windy night in Long Beach, California. The palm trees were lit by a full moon over Veterans Memorial Stadium, while fans poured in for the cross-town rivalry and a showdown of the two historic high schools.

From opening kick-off, it was all Mission. They ran the ball with pure strength and smash-mouth football. At the end of first half, the score was 20-0 Mission.

The second half began as a reflection of the first. Poly could never get their offense going and they never gave the defense anytime for rest. The final score was 37-7. Mission Viejo flexed their muscle on the ground to cruise to a decisive victory over Long Beach Poly.

Taking home some hardware was #27 of Mission, Dallas Kessman, winning the Great American Rivalry MVP trophy, and Mission High school took home their first Great American Rivalry Series Trophy.


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What is the Great American Rivalry Series?

Each fall for over a century, high school football has been the centerpiece for families and communities on Friday night. 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 shines the spotlight on top high school football rivalries across the nation, where long-standing traditions are valued, expectations are sky high, and followers are committed.