Poll

What is the best high school football rivalry in regional history?

Leading Off: Great local football, but rivalries fading

Published: Friday, Sep. 20, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 1C
Last Modified: Saturday, Sep. 21, 2013 - 5:45 pm

What happened to the classic high school football rivalry?

New schools, realignment and fading football fortunes have played a role in all but eliminating neighborhood showdown games that had spirited build-ups on both campuses.

Though high school football in the greater Sacramento area has never been healthier in terms of attendance and ambitious early scheduling, many old-timers long for, well, the old days.

In the 1940s, '50s and '60s, Sacramento and McClatchy played on Thanksgiving Day at Hughes Stadium until the introduction of the playoffs brought the annual Turkey Day Game – and later, the Bell Game – to an end.

In the 1960s and '70s, few annual rivalries were more anticipated than Mira Loma vs. El Camino. In the 1980s, it was Cordova vs. Christian Brothers, followed by Grant vs. Nevada Union in the 1990s and 2000s.

The Gold Pan game between Ponderosa and El Dorado still creates a buzz, but it's been rare that both have winning teams in the same season.

Del Oro and Granite Bay have a good series in Placer County, and the Holy Bowl between Christian Brothers and Jesuit endures because of its long tradition and natural rivalry between the Catholic schools.

But which school is top-ranked Folsom's chief rival? Or No. 2 Elk Grove? Or No. 3 Pleasant Grove? Or No. 8 Inderkum? Or No. 10 Franklin?

What to do

Baseball, Minnesota at A's, O.co Coliseum, 7:05 p.m., CSNCA: Fans can see Bartolo Colon go for his 17th victory, then stick around for fireworks.

Today's poll

What is the best high school football rivalry in regional history:

• Jesuit-Christian Brothers

• Cordova-CBS

• Grant-Nevada Union

• Del Oro-Granite Bay

• Sacramento-McClatchy

Vote above or leave your comments in the comments field; or, go to www.sacbee.com/sports

Thursday's poll results

Who should be the American League MVP?

• Miguel Cabrera: 34%

• Chris Davis: 16%

• Josh Donaldson: 36%

• Mike Trout: 12%

• Other: 2%

Total votes: 129

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