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Football Rivals Unite for SOWF

Thursday, October 23, 2008  
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High School Football Rivalry Benefits SOWF

Football players from San Dimas High and Bonita High School in California, their families and fans put aside their rivalry recently to make a generous donation to the Special Operations Warrior Foundation.

San Dimas High School defeated Bonita High School 50 to 33 to claim the bragging rights in one of Southern California's most heated football rivalries. For decades the two schools located in LaVerne northeast of Los Angeles have played their hearts out for the trophy known as the “Smudge Pot.” The smudge pot symbolizes the area's heritage as one of the nation's largest citrus growing areas.

The rivalry is so intense that the two teams take a week off before playing each other: a week filled with pre-game hype and activities that call to mind a scaled-down version of the Super Bowl. This year's activities had a different twist, though. One of the pre-game events was a pizza eating contest that pitted some very large young men against a table full of pizza. After the smoke cleared and the Pepto-Bismal was passed around, the two teams had turned a fun event into some serious money: $5,000 for the Special Operations Warrior Foundation.



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