One of the oldest rivalries in California, Beaumont and Banning will battle yet again for bragging rights and “The Wheel.” Who will take it home in 2018?
Both teams have had periods of dominance since the rivalry began in 1929, but it has been fairly even as of late. Each game the last three seasons has been decided by less than 7 points, including a 19-15 Beaumont win last season over the Broncos.
Franklin is three-year varsity starter and 2nd team all-league. Currently, he holds a 3.7 GPA and is undecided where he will attend college. He plans to manage in business and use his degree to get into property management. Franklin is also a member of ASB is very involved in helped Cabazon community. He would like to thank his mom, godparents, and his brothers for helping him get where he is today.
Shaun has received varsity letter in football and wrestling, while providing inspiration to the Beaumont HS staff and student body as a deaf student-athlete. Shaun was 2nd team all-league in wrestling as a junior, and qualified for the CIF individual tournament. He has earned scholar-athlete recognition four (4) times during athletic participation. Shaun is one of our hardest working student-athletes, and has made a positive impact on our campus and in our community.
HALL OF FAME
Philip, a 2002 graduate of Banning HS, has been a teacher and helper for three years. During his playing career, he was a three-year letterman, was named first-team CIF, and recorded the most all-purpose yards in school history. He was also a track star, winning the Golden Horseshoe Award and holds the record in the triple jump. Philip attended the University of Las Vegas, where he was named All-League First Team. He then traveled to Europe where he played in the German Football League.
Gary served as the head coach of the Cougars from 1979-2006 and coached in 27 Beaumont-Banning rivalry games during his tenure. Coach Harvey lead the Cougars to 11 victories in the series, including winning four of his final six contests against the Broncos prior to his retirement. Coach Harvey lead the Cougars to eight (8) league championships, and two (2) CIF semifinal appearances. He remains active with Fellowship in the Pass church, as well as the Beaumont Educational Support Team (BEST) foundation.
One special thing about rivalries is they sometimes produce unlikely heroes, young men who stamp their place in history with an amazing performance. Beaumont's backup Junior QB, Eddie McCulloch has now etched his name into the history books of the Banning vs. Beaumont rivalry with a performance that led his Beaumont Cougars to a 28-20 win over the Banning Broncos.
Banning held a dominant 20-0 lead at halftime when Beaumont Coach Jeff Steinberg made the call and sent in McCulloch. From there, the whole team rallied around the backup QB, who had an astounding performance, throwing a touchdown pass on his third play of the game to get things going.
Beaumont would come all the way back and win the game 28-20, a truly historic moment for this classic rivalry.
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