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GALLERY: Beaumont Defeats Banning 56-34 to Remain 'King of the Mountain'

Cougars dominate to beat the Broncos in one of California's oldest football rivalries, on their new field in Beaumont.

The battle for high school football supremacy in the San Gorgonio Pass produced 90 points Friday night in Beaumont, the highest-scoring War of the Wheel in recent years.

Beaumont dominated to beat Banning 56-34 under the lights on brand-new Cougars Field, unleashing celebrations at midfield as the Cougars lifted the Wheel for the fifth time in the past seven years.

It was 35-14 at the half and Beaumont continued to boss the game, but the Broncos did not go quietly. They answered the Cougars touchdown for touchdown in the second half. There was no consolation in defeat, however.

Beaumont retains football bragging rights in the Pass for yet another year, as the city prepares to celebrate its centennial in November.

Banning – Beaumont Recent History 

2006 Beamont 41 @Banning 14

2007 Banning 14 @Beaumont 7

2008 Banning 22 @Beaumont 14

2009 Beaumont 24 @Banning 21

2010 @Beaumont 36 Banning 0

2011 Beaumont 38 @Banning 0

2012 @Beaumont 56 Banning 34

Banning-Beaumont is in the state of California.

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Washy September 15, 2012 at 01:15 PM
WTG Beaumont. Your hard work, dedication and practice has paid off! (ignore the sadness of a sore loser! Sogen shame on you! These are kids not an NFL team)
Washy September 15, 2012 at 01:18 PM
LMAO seriously creatine?!?!?! Do you know what that is?
ATC September 15, 2012 at 02:05 PM
Unfortunately, just the sheer numbers willl work against Banning for the near future. It's difficult for any 25-man team to go up against a 65-man team under even the be best circumstances. Don't count them out, though...Broncos WILL be back!
Lisa September 15, 2012 at 02:05 PM
Obviously, Hard work-dedication-discipline work best...
steve l September 15, 2012 at 03:22 PM
i hate beaumont
Martin DuSold September 15, 2012 at 03:23 PM
None! That's Beaumont work ethic and dedication in the off-season.
Washy September 15, 2012 at 03:43 PM
Well since you can buy it at GNC I would say Banning could use some!
Washy September 15, 2012 at 03:45 PM
This is the truth. Perhaps Banning should triple in growth over the next few years (just kidding I like Banning just as it is...true to its history....Beaumont compromised)
Adh September 15, 2012 at 04:04 PM
People only hate because they are sore losers and have zero sportsmanship. Grow up and have some class, you'll need it as an adult. Says a lot about the character of a person when they accuse of wrong doing. "those who accuse are to be accused" "remember pointing one finger at someone makes you point three back at yourself".
ATC September 15, 2012 at 04:06 PM
True, Washy, Beaumont is not the small town it was when I was growing up, unfortunately. While the shopping opportunities are nice, it came at a high price; traffic, crime, and no longer knowing your neighbors. Since growth is inevitable, hopefully Banning can do it in a more reasonable way, and at a more reasonable rate?
ATC September 15, 2012 at 04:14 PM
Damchi, you are joking, right? Obviously you are new to the area. Banning "tagging" Beaumont, and Beaumont "tagging" Banning prior to the game has been going on for decades. Get off your high horse, and stop believing everything that you are "told" about Banning. "Beaumont is great, and Banning is ghetto, right?" I've lived in BOTH communitiies for many years, so I know better. In fact, after 2 decades in Beaumont, and 2+ decades in Banning, I actually prefer Banning.
Damchi September 15, 2012 at 04:20 PM
Gary- you prefer Banning but you shop in Beaumont. Go Cougars!
ATC September 15, 2012 at 04:29 PM
??? And your point? Are you going to try to make the claim that you never leave Beaumont for any of your shopping needs? Well, maybe you did indeed get off your high horse...and fell face-first, putting your head in the sand? In case you forgot, this article is about the continuing 75+ year rivalry (which Banning leads, BTW), and the communities coming together to support their teams...it's not about insulting the other side and throwing mud. Grow up.
ATC September 15, 2012 at 04:32 PM
ADH, this is very true. And all should remember...it's just as important (perhaps more so) to be a good winner as it is to be a good loser.
barbara gordon September 15, 2012 at 04:55 PM
Sogen.... Let me guess your from banning? come on really steroids....give me a break....Beaumont has an excellent team this year.....Go Cougars....#1 Joe Jeffers ...
32 years in the pass September 15, 2012 at 06:16 PM
Damichi... I am a Beaumont graduate and I am offended about what you said about the testing scores of Banning. A long time sports rivalry and testing scores have nothing to do with one another. With your logic I guess the test scores of UCLA and USC must be in question, since they vandalize one another before their game. Get over yourself!!!!
LLODOWN September 15, 2012 at 08:12 PM
REAL TALK DON'T HATE THE PLAYER HATE THE GAME! GOOD JOB BEAUMONT BEST TEAM WON.... GROW UP PEOPLE!
Charles Ferrell September 15, 2012 at 09:46 PM
Some really sad people seem to comment on the Patch these days. Friday night's football game proved one thing without question -- that on this night the Beaumont High Cougars were the superior football team. Good for them. Now that our annual "rivalry" game is out of the way, lets all of in the Pass Area agree to root for both our local high schools the rest of the season. Remember, folks, this is just a football game and all of the youngsters in football, band and cheerleading uniforms, and all their classmates at both high schools are Pass Area teens and we all hope they can be successful as they strive to be the best they can be, on or off the football field. The Cougars were the better football team on this night, but over the years Banning still leads the overall series. This is a very old rivalry, and congratulations to all who have been involved, on the field or just emotionally over the years. This is good small town American stuff.
Charles Ferrell September 16, 2012 at 02:08 PM
You are not from either Banning or Beaumont. Good! Stay that way. We just want our kids to be healthy and engage in friendly, yet spirited and even intense, athletic competition. Sports offers great lessons for life. You can and should celebrate your victories and it is OK to take your defeats to heart, yet both the winners and losers in athletic contests need to move forward with the realization that there will be a next time and they both need to be better prepared in competition further down the road. In an era in which so much athletic competition has been stained with performance enhancement drugs and other products, the mere attempt to link a winning team, especially on the high school level (shame on anyone who does this) is an attempt to stain that team or in the case above, a particular player, identified by a number in this Patch posting, but anyone with access to a game program can find that player's name. What a disgusting thing to do to a high school student-athlete, a young teen trying to deal with being a teen, then having to deal with this comment. There are winners and losers every time, every game in athletic competition, then there are just plain losers, like the the individual even if he/she is merely linking the spectre of drugs to an individual high school football player.
Janet Kloos September 16, 2012 at 02:56 PM
@Damchi-- i live in Banning and do love our little small town and the small town feel. and sometimes....yes we travel to the "BIG" city (Beaumont) to shop (wink)
Janet Kloos September 16, 2012 at 03:02 PM
CONGRATULATIONS to the winning team. Better luck next time for the Defeated. Its a game and i hope all had fun :) -------------- Banning Resident
IKnow September 16, 2012 at 10:39 PM
Well said Charles.
Inside Informer September 17, 2012 at 02:25 PM
Am I the only one that thinks the bigger issue here was access to the game? Two people working in each of the Home and Visitor ticket booths; while thousands of people wait outside? Come on people, set up some auxiliary ticket booths, add more people in the existing ones, and for heavens sake, streamline the process. Even when you got to the window, it took the people 3 minutes to handle a cash transaction for a few paper tickets!
ATC September 17, 2012 at 02:40 PM
Wow, really? Although I wasn't able to attend this game, the last Bmt-Bng game held in Beaumont (2 yrs ago) was the same way (worse, actually). We arrived 10 minutes before the kickoff, and didn't get in the gates untill nearly the end of the first quarter. But in that game/location, they only had one ticket booth in operation. I had hoped that with the new stadium, entry would go much smoother. Let's be realistic here, it should take no more than 20 seconds, 30 max, to make a cash transaction for a few tickets. Funny, Banning's new stadium seems to be able to get fans in quickly & efficiently (last years' "Wheel" game); wonder what the difference is?

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