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Palo Alto celebrates a special 50th football anniversary

Original post made on Nov 5, 2013

It was Oct. 4, 1963. With one minute left in the third quarter, the Cubberley Cougars scored a touchdown and extra point to go ahead of Palo Alto, 26-21. It was the third overall, and first league game, of the season for both teams. It also was the last time that year that any team would score against the Vikings.

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Posted by Michael Norman
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Nov 5, 2013 at 10:50 am

What a great re-cap of an incredible season by an incredible team...I remember that magnificent season as if it were yesterday! As a junior, friends and I would follow that team all over the peninsula just to watch another opponent go down and revel in the individual and collective accomplishments of the team. Unfortunately, the next season we finished the year with 4 wins 1 loss and 4 ties!! So close to an extraordinary season of our own (we drove Coach Fairchild and Coach Fisher nuts) and one that has probably never been repeated in the history of PALY football. our saving grace was beating Sequoia to end the season on a positive note. Seriously enjoyed your article and thanks for bringing back some extra special the way, when did the Paly/Sequoia game stop being played at Stanford stadium on Thanksgiving Day? have been out of the area for many years and didn't know that the game was no longer played...what a shame!

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Posted by Old SPAL
a resident of another community
on Nov 5, 2013 at 8:43 pm

Great article in capturing how big high school football was in that era. A crowd of 4,500 is pretty incredible for a game played on a Friday afternoon as only Sequoia High School had lights in what made up the old South Peninsula Athletic League (SPAL) that Paly played in back then.

The coverage of high school games back then was extensive with the Palo Alto Times and Redwood City Tribune both devoting extensive coverage to all the games.

The Paly-Sequoia games attracted crowds in the neighborhood of 20,000 during the 1950's and 1960's with a peak of 26,000 in 1967. The final game at Stanford was held in 1973 as Thanksgiving games went by the wayside with the advent of the Central Coast Section Playoffs in 1972.

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Posted by James Clarke SEQ (76)
a resident of another community
on Nov 27, 2013 at 12:10 pm

The last time Sequoia Faced Paly as an end of the season Little Big Game Match up was the fall of 1975, It was held at Foothill College, Sequoia won 14-0. For some years after that It was A season Opener for both. then the it faded away. I personally felt I was robbed from playing at Stanford Stadium. the last year was played at in the fall of 72. The following year at Sequoia on TD day and the next year TG Eve. The CCS was the down fall of one of the most prolific rivalries in californa let alone the Nation. I wish that Sequoia and Paly had decided to keep it going. I later was the Head Coach at San Jose High, Where I finally experiance the thrill of being a part of a great Thanks Giving Day Tradition. In 1997, SJH was 21 point underdogs. with just 1 win on the season. Lincoln was 5-4 and had posted its best record to date in recent years. I started the season with 15 elegable players. After some recruiting and players getting elegable We suited up 43 for the Big Bone Game. The game played at SJ City College on a rain soaked field, Lincoln could not establish their run game due to the conditions, with caution to the wind, we went run and shoot, we didnt look back. SJ 17-Lincoln 10.. 8,000 in attendance. Turkey never tasted better..As a Sequoia Alum, Id like to see that game come back, I assure you that Alumni from both schools would rise from the dead to attend it!

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Posted by David T (SEQ)
a resident of Atherton
on Sep 4, 2014 at 8:15 pm

The "Little Big Game" is back on!!! This Friday night at Sequoia H.S. at 7pm! It's time to start history once again. I am a coach at Sequoia and I'm happy to be part of something special!!