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By ALEJANDRO DAVILA and CELESTE ALVAREZ | Staff Writers | November 2, 2012
As the rivalry between Wildcats and Spartans rages on, Valley residents and students alike are preparing for the legendary Bell Game. This year's fight for the victory bell will mark the 69th annual Bell Game between Central and Brawley union highs. With tradition, passion and town pride motivating community members, Friday's evening game is sure to draw a crowd. Gates are set to open at 5 p.m. with the game set to kick off at 7 p.m. Friday at Warne Field in Brawley. Karla Oceguera had heard about people bleeding blue whenever the Bell Game comes.
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By TOM RONCO, Special to this newspaper | November 17, 2002
BRAWLEY ? In August, the Brawley Union High School Wildcat football team set three goals: win league, win the Bell Game and make the San Diego CIF playoffs. The Wildcats accomplished all three when they defeated the Central Union High School Spartans 33-6 in the 59th renewal of the Bell Game here Friday night. "When the year started I didn't know what to expect from these guys, but they have played hard," said Brawley coach John Bishop. "It's a great accomplishment for them to win the IVL and have an 8-2 record.
NEWS
By IMPERIAL VALLEY STAFF | November 13, 2009
As much as the Imperial Valley has grown in recent decades, one thing that hasn?t changed in the Valley is the magnitude of the annual Bell Game. Yes, there is now a second public high school playing football in El Centro, and yes, the mushrooming city of Imperial between Brawley and El Centro has a high school that now fully participates in the Imperial Valley League, but the Bell Game is still a huge and vital event locally. And it is made even bigger this year because Brawley Union High and Central Union High both field top-flight varsity football teams that will battle tonight for the IVL title.
NEWS
November 25, 2006
What a game! This game was one to be written into Imperial Valley?s history books. I was mesmerized by the attention and hype of this year?s, ?Bell Game.? Being from Calexico and a former Bulldog varsity football player, I was never aware of the importance or attention that this game received. The pride of my fellow Central fans was well demonstrated by their cheer and support for their Spartans. As both the Spartans and the Wildcats took the field you could not help but feel the intensity of the event that was about to transpire.
NEWS
By TOM RONCO, Special to this newspaper | September 30, 2001
BRAWLEY ? At first glance, the Brawley Union High School Wildcat 52-0 victory over Central Union on Friday night would appear to be a great offensive performance. And it was, as Brawley had a total offense of 482 yards. At the same time, the real story might be a Wildcat defense that held the Spartans to a net five yards rushing, or it might be the play of unheralded running back Arturo Ayon, who ran for 144 yards, including two touchdowns, on just eight carries. Either way, the first offensive series for both teams was definitely a harbinger of things to come.
NEWS
By ERIC GALVAN, Sports Writer | November 13, 2001
For about 28 minutes, Brawley Union High School running back Mitchell Ruiz couldn't be stopped by Central Union defenders in the 58th annual Bell Game in El Centro on Friday. Ruiz played one of the best games of his high school career as he racked up 147 yards on 10 carries and scored two touchdowns, leading Brawley to a 76-7 annihilation of its Imperial Valley League rival. "We didn't take them lightly at all. But I don't think any of us expected to beat them by that much," said the 17-year-old senior.
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By MARIO RENTER√ćA, Sports Writer | October 4, 2002
Tonight's varsity football game between Central Union and Brawley Union high schools amounts to a preview of the much-anticipated Bell Game later this season. Central is 1-2 in non-Imperial Valley League action and although the Spartans were trampled 61-0 last week by Palm Desert, Wildcats head coach John Bishop said, "It's going to be a tough game no matter what the records of the two teams are. "It's always a tough game," he added. Brawley is 3-1 in non-league action.
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By ROMAN FLORES | Imperial Valley Press Staff Writer | September 5, 2010
As Imperial Valley football squads took to the fields Friday night for the first time this season and all schools are back in session, so comes the bittersweet — and sometimes just bitter — rivalries between them. It seems as though a common denominator in more than a few rivalries always seems to be Central Union High School. Some may see this as a reflection of their rich history of domination throughout different eras in football, band and other extracurricular activities during their 103-year span as a school.
NEWS
December 6, 2006
I will be going way out of my comfort zone with this letter. However, I want to comment on a Bell Game letter to this section. It was from a Central Spartan football supporter who first commended Wildcat Coach John Bishop and then went on to criticize him for saying that the low Brawley fan turn-out for the first round C.I.F. playoff home game was due to ?post-Bell Game depression.? Now, unwittingly the Central Spartan supporter agreed with coach Bishop when she wrote ?I will guarantee that the stands will be packed for Friday?
NEWS
November 23, 2006
I commend coach Bishop on his letter congratulating the Central Spartans on their Bell Game win. However, his comment in the Saturday edition regarding the low turnout for the CIF playoff game last Saturday disturbed me. For him to insinuate that the lack of support by the city of Brawley for their CIF playoff team was a symptom of ?post-Bell Game depression? smacks of petulance on the part of the residents of Brawley. I find it hard to believe that losing the Bell inclined citizens to no longer show their support for the team.
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SPORTS
BY TOM RONCO | Special to this Newspaper | June 9, 2013
Last month when the Brawley Union High baseball season ended in the CIF-San Diego CIF Division playoffs, it marked the end of a 12-year era for the Mohamed siblings. Marty Jr., Kyle, Dylan and Jared all have shared a similar path as Wildcats. Outstanding football players and co-captains of their football teams, all were recognized as San Diego Union Tribune Scholar-Athletes and enshrined in the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame's San Diego Chapter and all were named to All-Imperial Valley League teams on both offense and defense.
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SPORTS
By IMPERIAL VALLEY PRESS STAFF | November 2, 2012
BRAWLEY - San Francisco Giants closer and Brawley native Sergio Romo is coming home and in style. Romo will make a special appearance at today's 69th annual Bell Game here. Romo will be flown in on a helicopter along with Brawley Mayor George Nava and land on the 50-yard line at Brawley's field at 6:45 p.m. before the kickoff of the Bell Game. Nava will then give Romo a key to the city. Romo will stay for the entire game. Romo and his Giants recently won the World Series with a 4-0 sweep.
NEWS
By ALEJANDRO DAVILA and CELESTE ALVAREZ | Staff Writers | November 2, 2012
As the rivalry between Wildcats and Spartans rages on, Valley residents and students alike are preparing for the legendary Bell Game. This year's fight for the victory bell will mark the 69th annual Bell Game between Central and Brawley union highs. With tradition, passion and town pride motivating community members, Friday's evening game is sure to draw a crowd. Gates are set to open at 5 p.m. with the game set to kick off at 7 p.m. Friday at Warne Field in Brawley. Karla Oceguera had heard about people bleeding blue whenever the Bell Game comes.
OPINION
By IMPERIAL VALLEY PRESS STAFF | October 31, 2012
While much local attention this week will be focused on the annual Bell Game between Brawley Union and Central Union high schools, there is a big game featuring Imperial Valley smaller schools this week. The Axe Game, the traditional rivalry game between Calipatria and Holtville high schools that rekindled in 2009 after a long hiatus, will feature two small but thriving high school football programs in what should be one heck of a game. The best thing about the reinvigoration of the two programs is that the men in charge are doing things the right way. Both head coaches took over downtrodden programs and turned their teams into consistent winners.
SPORTS
By MARIO RENTERIA | Sports Editor | October 31, 2012
The Victory Bell cost only $50 when it was first purchased off of a boat in San Diego in 1944, but to those who play in the annual Bell Game, it's priceless. As one of the longest-running rivalries in the nation, the Bell Game will be in its 69th year Friday; however, it will be the 156th time the two schools have played each other since 1922. There was a time when the two schools played each other twice each year, but that was discontinued in 005. Brawley holds the Bell Game record at 44-23-1 and has won it the past two seasons.
SPORTS
By IMPERIAL VALLEY PRESS STAFF | October 25, 2012
With a week to go, annual Bell Game tickets are on sale starting at 8 this morning. Brawley and Central union highs are both selling general seating tickets for $6 for adults and $4 for students and children. Brawley is also offering reserved seating for Central fans on the Central side for $20 but those tickets are available only at the Brawley main office and are limited. To comment on this story click here to be directed to Facebook.
SPORTS
By MARIO RENTERIA | Imperial Valley Press Sports Editor | November 10, 2011
Either team could be having the worst season in history but winning Friday's 68th annual Bell Game would make up for it. That's how big the annual battle for the Victory Bell between Central and Brawley union highs is each year. Fortunately for both squads, their regular seasons this year have been respectable and would end with a bang for whichever wins Friday's game. Unless it ends in a tie. Gates are set to open at 5 p.m. with the game set to kick off at 7 p.m. Friday at Cal Jones Field in El Centro.
SPORTS
BY RYAN LEON | Imperial Valley Press Sports Writer | November 13, 2010
BRAWLEY — At last the bell tolls for the Brawley Union High class of 2011 as the Wildcat football team beat rival Central Union High, 41-21, in the 67th Bell Game here Friday night. The win also secures the Wildcats a share of the Imperial Valley League title. “I’m speechless right now … there is nothing like this feeling. It’s amazing,” Brawley senior running back A.B. Oceguera said. “The bell is back where it belongs and it’s a great feeling.
OPINION
IMPERIAL VALLEY PRESS STAFF | November 12, 2010
As much as life has changed in the Imperial Valley in recent decades, one thing hasn’t, and that is the local magnitude of the Bell Game. Brawley and El Centro have grown significantly in the past 25 years and El Centro now has two comprehensive high schools. Imperial, which lies between the two cities, is a good-size town now. Yet the premier rivalry in the Imperial Valley remains an annual varsity football game between the Central Union High School Spartans and the Brawley Union High School Wildcats.
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