TWENTYNINE PALMS — All things end.
After 14 years of ownership, the Twentynine Palms High School varsity football team, facing a stingy Trojan defense that left them scoreless in the second half, watched the coveted Kiwanis Club Bell return to Yucca Valley High School for the first time since 2004.
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 4th 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 and sole ownership of first place.
The loss gives the Wildcats a 4-3 league mark, fourth place.