“I don’t see this game as any different from another at all – every game is important,” Zamora said. “It feels amazing to keep the helmet, because I’ve never lost this game. It was a great feeling doing it at home, but as of now we are keeping the helmet for a very long time.”
MVHS head coach Ceazar Agront coached his first rivalry game with CHS this year. Although the team suffered a loss, Agront knows how important this game was to his players and the school. He realizes the little details and adjustments that the team needs to nail down on in order to to improve through the team and also appreciates the ambition that comes from both teams. Agront plans to close in on these details in order to improve for the future games.
“You know, when it comes to rivalry games, you can't ever count your rival out,” Agront said. “It depends on who wants to show up, and the biggest thing was they wanted it more tonight, not saying that they're a better team or that we're a better team, it's not like that. ”
Similar to Zamora, for CHS head coach Chris Oswald, this game was no different from any other. Oswald says he trains his athletes the same way he would any other game, not allowing the rivalry to dominate the conversation.
“No, you know we didn’t talk about it [the game]. You know how it is, as schools change the rivalries change, it’s nice to have, but football is football,” Oswald said.
The Helmet game brings competition, as students gather home or away to support their schools, in hopes, of winning the helmet. For Vasquez, having a rivalry with CHS is second nature, it’s a game that matters more than any other game through the season.