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    Stephen JohnsonOct 30, 2014 at 12:10 AM

    In 1964 (50 years now yeesh) the rivalry was intense and the pranks were new. Warren had yet to beat Downey in football and things weren’t expected to change. Downey acted like they were in a league above the new school across town plus they had a CIF championship in their history. Fueling their egos was the fact that Warren had won a total of 0 games overall in the previous two seasons,
    It was the second game of the season. Downey had won their game by a wide margin while Warren squeaked by North Torrence 6-0.. Both schools had new coaches but Downey had switched the “single wing” offense which was rage in 1930s and 40s.
    Coach Helgeson addressed the Bear team the Monday before the big game. “You know there’s a reason no teams run the single wing anymore. Some coach developed a defense against it and rendered it useless. I wonder if the Downey coach knows that? Anyway we’ll be practicing that defense all week and we’re going to win.” he said.
    From the very beginning it was obvious that this was a different year. Warren ran the opening kickoff back 94 yards for a touchdown to set the tone for a game that was all Bears. The final score was 19-0 with Downey managing just 3 first downs. Downey struggled with changing to a new offense during a season the rest of the year.
    Many members of the Downey team were good friends of mine from back as far as grade school, I took years years of crap from those guys until THAT game. I never heard a peep again.

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