It’s d…jà vu for the Central Union High football squad.
In 2006, the Spartans won the annual Bell Game — the first time since 1996 — and then advanced to face Steele Canyon in the CIF-San Diego Section Division III playoffs.
After a bye the first round in the playoffs, the Spartans lost to the Steele Canyon Cougars 31-17.
Central head coach Kevin Bird said part of the loss stemmed from a loss of focus during the extra week of rest.
This week, the Spartans aren’t going to lose focus.
“We’re trying to be focused as much as we can,” Bird said. “We’re doing pretty good, just trying our best.”
After winning the 65th annual Bell Game last week 16-13 and clinching the Imperial Valley League crown, the Spartans (9-1, 4-0 IVL) are set to host the Cougars at 7 p.m. Friday.
The Spartans are relatively healthy with only one injury of concern. Junior running back Carlos Moreno has a slight groin pull and is listed as day-to-day.