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History of the Egg Bowl

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Colby Fowler takes flag from Petaluma leadership team.

Colby Fowler takes flag from Petaluma leadership team.

Colby Fowler takes flag from Petaluma leadership team.

Colby Fowler takes flag from Petaluma leadership team.

Kayla Alcorcha, Reporter

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The Egg Bowl is a custom cemented by the passage of time. It has stretched for decades, and still continues today. The first game between Casa Grande and Petaluma High School was played in 1974, and the former was victorious. In 1993, the title “Egg Bowl” was first used to describe the rival games. This cardinal game was won by the Gauchos, 27-13. However, after multiple controversial incidents in the 2011 match—including 19 penalties and negative language from both the players and the audience—the crosstown game was temporarily abandoned. The following year the school joined the North Bay League while Petaluma remained within the Sonoma County League; the teams were no longer required to play each other, thus the annual rivalry was halted. The revival of the Egg Bowl occurred in 2017, after six years, as a long-awaited rematch preceded by a local festival. Now occasionally referred to as the Community Egg Bowl, the event’s coordinators have attempted to make the environment more friendly sportsmanship than aggressive competition. The game should be rooted in school spirit. The two competing schools are close in score; the Gauchos have won a total of nine “Egg Bowl” games while the Trojans hold a win record of ten games. In the fall of 2018, Casa Grande and Petaluma continued to meet on the football field, and on the volleyball court as well. As long as excitement levels do not exceed beyond control, this tradition will continue for many years to come.

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