Battle For 7th Street
Football St. Anthony Wilson

Football: Wilson, St. Anthony Will Play For New Rivalry Trophy

There’s a little bit of history between St. Anthony and Wilson’s football programs. The two teams played four times in the 1980s, with Wilson going 3-1, and then picked the series back up in 2014. We’ve been calling it “The Battle For 7th Street” since the rivalry was renewed, and that moniker is now emblazoned on a beautiful new rivalry trophy.

The series was renewed because former Wilson head coach Mario Morales is now the head coach of the Saints; his former defensive coordinator, Mark Ziegenhagen, has been coaching the Bruins.

“I love that name ‘The Battle For 7th Street’ because we used to call it ‘The Mario Bowl,’ and this name is a lot better,” said Ziegenhagen at last night’s Century Club meeting.

“The trophy is fun, it gives the kids a little something extra to get excited about,” said Morales. “We’ve got it right now I know our kids want to keep it, I know their kids want to get it.”

The new trophy features a pair of street signs reading “The Battle For 7th Street, Long Beach, CA” with both schools’ logo on it and the scores of the eight games they’ve played against each other. Wilson is 5-3 in the series although the Saints currently own the trophy thanks to a 14-6 win last year.

Mike Guardabascio
An LBC native, Mike Guardabascio has been covering Long Beach sports professionally for 13 years, with his work published in dozens of Southern California magazines and newspapers. He's won numerous awards for his writing as well as the CIF Southern Section’s Champion For Character Award, and is the author of three books about Long Beach history.