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Watsonville 44, Santa Cruz 30 (9/7/12)

September 8, 2012

The oldest football rivarly in Santa Cruz County which spans more than 100 years, one of the longest in California added another classic to the history books Friday night, as fans packed the stands at Santa Cruz High School on Memorial Field. The #1 Snack bar in Santa Cruz is ready to go, fans are screaming and cheering as both teams take the field we are ready for kickoff.

The Santa Cruz- Cardinals received the ball first and ran right down the field, scoring the first touchdown of the night. Watsonville Wildcatz countered with three big strikes to find the end zone, but it missed the extra point. The first half comes to a close, teams are tied 22-all late in the second quarter, but Contreras’ 2-yard scoring run with 3 minutes, 9 seconds in the half gave the Wildcatz the lead for good, as both teams run for the locker rooms.

The second half started and its fast moving, with both teams trading possessions of the ball. Watsonville Wildcatz come out of the locker room ready to take home a trophy and a win for their first game of the season. Watsonville scores a big touchdown at the beginning of the second quarter. Now Santa Cruz has the ball but, it is intercepted with yet another touchdown by the Wildcatz. The clock is running out with just over 6 minutes left to play in the game with Watsonville #1 Roger Contreras scoring yet another touchdown (2nd one of the night), the Santa Cruz Cardinals are not giving up just yet, they come rushing down the field scoring a touchdown with just 4 minutes left to go in the game. With the final possession of the ball the Wildcatz score the final touchdown of the evening.

Watsonville Wildcatz proved to be the better team as they kept up the pace through the second half of the game. The game ended with the score at 44-30 and the Great American Rivalry Series presented by the United States Marine Corps awarded Watsonville High School with their very first ever Great American Rivalry Championship Trophy, while Watsonville’s very own #1 Roger Contreras was name the Most Valuable Player of the game with his three touchdowns of the night.


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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.