TWENTYNINE PALMS — After 14 years of frustration the Yucca Valley High School varsity football team, with help from a stingy defense and two unanswered touchdowns in the third quarter, reclaimed the coveted Kiwanis Club Bell from Twentynine Palms High School. The win gives the Trojans sole ownership of the Desert Valley League Championship and earns them a spot in CIF competition this weekend.
The Trojans beat the Wildcats 21-6 on the Wildcats’ home turf, Tom Nicoll Memorial Stadium Friday, Nov. 1, in a game which left the home crowd stunned and visiting Yucca Valley fans storming the field to be part of the moment when the Trojans reclaimed the bell.
After a scoreless first quarter the Trojans opened scoring with a 10-yard touchdown pass, on fourth down, with 7:19 to go in the half, giving the Trojans a 7-0 lead.
That score lasted until late in the second quarter when the Wildcats drove deep into Trojan territory and scored on a short touchdown pass in a play that began with two tenths of a second left on the clock.
The point after attempt, however, failed, leaving the Wildcats trailing 7-6 going into halftime.
The Trojans dominated the second half, scoring two touchdowns in the third quarter and holding their hosts scoreless to reclaim the coveted bell.
The win gives the Trojans a 7-0 Desert Valley League record.
They will move onto post-season play this weekend at their first round of CIF competition. The Trojans will host Orange Vista High School at the Desert Hot Springs Field on Friday, Nov. 8 at 7 p.m.