The Legacy of Pride

Chula Vista Spartans @ Sweetwater Red Devils

Friday, October 19, 2018 7:00 PM

For some, the Legacy of Pride rivalry between Chula Vista and Sweetwater comes down to, ‘Years of friendship and one night of rivalry.’ Others, however, see it as a conflict year round. Either way you look at it, pride for school and pride for community is at the center of San Diego County’s longest continuous rivalry.

Sweetwater dominated this series early on, winning the series opener 24-6 in 1947 before taking a 36-19-2 series lead going into the 2004 season. But Chula Vista has dominated as of late, taking 12 of the last 14 slugfests. Sweetwater won 17-7 in 2014 to snap a streak of 10 straight contests without a Red Devil win. The two clubs settled for a 10-10 tie in 2005.

There have been times that both clubs dominated at the same time. Take the 80s and early 90s for example. While Chula Vista was building a 103-32-6 mark from 1982-93 and winning the 2A section title in 1983, the Red Devils won 36 straight games from 1983-85 and claimed back to back titles in 1983 and 1984.

Isaac Martinez was phenomenal in 2011 when he scored on kick returns of 91 and 81 yards and returned a punt 75-yards for another six points to help the Spartans to a 35-28 win over Sweetwater. Martinez’s heroics helped Chula Vista gain possession of the Legacy Trophy, which features an old leather helmet.

Having claimed the last three Legacy of Pride contests, Chula Vista wants nothing more than to continue pummeling its adversary. Sweetwater, however, enjoyed the driver’s seat for so long and intends on getting back to its Legacy of Pride winning ways.

A monumental crowd is expected to fill the seats at Gail Devers Field on Friday, October 19 at 7:00 p.m. So get out to the football stadium early and grab a prime seat – because you won’t want to miss any of the action during the 72nd playing of the Legacy of Pride football encounter.

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Chula Vista Spartans National City, CA
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Chula Vista

Chula Vista Spartans

Chula Vista, CA

Chula Vista High School, home of the Spartans, is located about three miles southeast of Sweetwater High School on Fourth Avenue in San Diego County, California. Hosting nearly 2,600 Red Devil despising football fanatics, the Spartans will compete in Division IV of the San Diego Section.

After knocking off La Jolla Country Day 27-14 in opening week action, second year coach Howard Bannister and his Spartan football program are in a good place these days. Not only did Chula Vista play its way into the semifinals of the Division IV playoffs a year ago, the Spartans triumphed over despised Legacy of Pride foe Sweetwater for the third straight year.

After dropping the rivalry opener in 1947, Chula Vista claimed a 20-0 triumph over Sweetwater in year two of the gridiron clash. The Spartans won four straight over the Red Devils beginning in 1952 and took three straight from 1965-1967. Chula Vista would have won six straight contests against Sweetwater from 1988-1993 had it not been for a 0-0 tie in 1992.

From 2003 on, the Spartans are 13-1-1 against the Red Devils. Despite trailing 37-31-3 in the Legacy of Pride series, Chula Vista has actually outscored their despised foe 1,430-1,333. According to San Diego Prep Sports History, Chula Vista has posted five shutouts over Sweetwater and has held the Red Devils to 10 or fewer points 16 times.

The Spartans began a run of 36 playoff appearances beginning in 1952. After trailing 30-11 in this series, Chula Vista has bounced back nicely, winning 20 times to just seven for the Red Devils since 1988. The two gridiron bullies tied in 1992, 2000 and 2005.

Having posted three straight wins over the Red Devils, Bannister’s club carries all of the momentum in this series. But don’t expect Chula Vista to hold back on their Legacy of Pride counterparts as they move forward with their desire to upend Sweetwater one more time, even the series record and eventually move ahead of the Red Devils in Legacy of Pride wins and losses.


Sweetwater Red Devils

National City, CA

Sweetwater High School, home of the Red Devils, is located about eight and a half miles southeast of San Diego on Interstate 5 in San Diego County, California. Hosting about 2,900 reckless Red Devil students, Sweetwater will compete in Division IV of the San Diego Section.

Sweetwater coach Bryan Wagner comes along at a time when the Red Devils are struggling to produce wins. But last year’s 1-9 campaign did prove one thing. Sweetwater is close to turning the Legacy of Pride rivalry back in their favor after falling to a solid Chula Vista squad 17-14.

Sweetwater took the opening act, in this rough and tumble, beat ’em up series, 24-6 in 1947. The Red Devils won again in 1949, 1950 and 1951, before taking eight of nine from Chula Vista from 1956-64. According to San Diego Prep Sports History, Sweetwater also strung together eight and nine game winning streaks from 1968-75 and 1977-85 respectively to take 29 of the first 39 contests in this bitter gridiron battle.

Sweetwater has posted five shutouts of the Spartans over the years and held their most hated rival to 10 points or less 24 times in 71 games. Although Sweetwater has struggled as of late, the Red Devils have been a mainstay in postseason play, competing in the playoffs 38 times.

Sweetwater came close to knocking off Chula Vista a year ago. But that is not good enough in the minds of Red Devil fans. Defense helped Sweetwater to a 17-7 triumph over Chula Vista in 2014. The stop side of the ball also kept last year’s gridiron bash within a field goal.

The Red Devils lead this series 37-31-3 and see 2018 as an opportunity to shut down the hated Spartans and start stretching their Legacy of Pride advantage once again.