More than bragging rights and more
than the coveted Smudge Pot trophy will be on the line tonight before an
anticipated crowd of 7,000 at the
Once one of the top football
leagues in the state, the CBL has fallen on hard times. Due to new schools
popping up and talent being diluted, former CBL heavyweights like Rialto
Eisenhower (ranked No. 2 in the nation in 1993) and
Eisenhower failed to score a point
during three non-league games.
But it's all good in the city of
"They have a heck of a team,"
Fouch, the University of Washington-bound quarterback, has completed 47 of 92 passes for 910 yards with seven touchdowns and six interceptions.
Slotback Chris Polk is another big threat for REV, with 19 receptions for 459 yards and five scores. Overall, he has eight touchdowns and averages 199.7 all-purpose yards per game.
The key for REV is defense after
last week's 48-37 loss to
"We need to tackle," REV coach Kurt Bruich said. "We missed 78 tackles in 68 plays last week. It was just one after another; it was embarrassing."
REV did more contact work in practice this week to toughen itself for tonight's rivalry game. Unfortunately for the Wildcats, heavily recruited linebacker Andre Ferguson (dislocated shoulder) and strong safety Tony Carruthers (high ankle sprain) will miss the game.
REV currently possesses the Smudge Pot and is the defending CBL champ.
The Terriers are a senior-dominated team led by quarterback Coy Glass (368 yards, four scoring passes), running back Jeff Duran (216 yards, three touchdowns) and wideout/defensive back Ryan Counce (12 catches, 247 yards, two TDs).
Like REV's Polk, Counce is a threat as a ballcarrier and kick returner.
The Smudge Pot Game is an event in
So what exactly is a Smudge Pot? In terms of this game, it's a four-foot high trophy painted half-blue and half-red with a plaque attached.
Throughout much of the 1900s, smudge pots were oil-burning devices used to prevent frost on fruit trees. The smudge pot has a large round base with a chimney coming out of the middle. It was placed between trees to allow the heat and smoke from the burning oil to keep the frost off the fruit.
Now smudge pots are museum
artifacts or symbolic prizes for football rivalries, such as
Athletic directors or coaches who would like to suggest a player, coach or game to be featured may contact PrepCA.com football editor John Faulkner at email@example.com or publisher Gary Trousdale at firstname.lastname@example.org