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All for the Kup

Posted: Friday, Nov 9th, 2012

Watsonville High's football team celebrates winning the Belgard Kup during last year's rivalry game against Pajaro Valley. The two teams meet tonight in the seventh edition of the series. (Glenn Cravens/Register-Pajaronian file)

WATSONVILLE — Joe Gregorio recently watched a documentary on the rivalry between the Michigan and Ohio State university football teams, and he made note of something that was done by Michigan.

Inside of Michigan’s locker room is a clock that is counting down the time until the Wolverines face the rival Buckeyes. If the maize and blue needed yet another a reminder of how big that game is — they face off Nov. 24 — the clock is there to refresh their memories.

“Games like that at the end of the year are fun,” said Gregorio, the Pajaro Valley High football coach. “Michigan and Ohio State, Notre Dame and USC, Georgia and Florida, Army and Navy. Those rivalries are the best.”

There isn’t a clock like that inside the Pajaro Valley High boys locker room, but there is a brand new sign posted on the window of the coaches’ office.

“Beat Watsonville.”

When the Pajaro Valley players practiced earlier this week, they yelled “Beat Watsonville” frequently.

Every year since 2006, Pajaro Valley’s football team has faced Watsonville in the annual Belgard Kup Game. It’s gone Watsonville’s way each time.

There’s the 50-point outburst. Then there’s the Joey Ponzio punt return. Then there’s the George Ruiz interception and lateral to Lamar Cowans.

Six wins for Watsonville.

Zero wins for Pajaro Valley.

The Grizzlies are hoping to end the streak tonight. Watsonville is trying to extend it.

For the complete article see the 11-10-2012 issue.

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