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History of the Milk Can Game

Posted by Anthony on September 25, 2012 at 6:40 PM



By Josh Thompson


Bragging rights, a trophy and a Mt. Baldy League victory will be on the line at 7 p.m. Friday at Chino High School.

For the 33rd straight year, the Chino and Don Lugo High School football teams will battle for the Milk Can trophy, given to the winner of the annual contest.

The winning school gets to keep the trophy for a year.

A full house of fans is expected.

Tickets went on sale last week at both high schools.

Cost is $7 for adults, $1 for Don Lugo High students with an ASB card and free for Chino High students with an ASB card.

Junior high and elementary school students tickets are $1 if they are accompanied by a paying adult and children under 6 are free with a paying adult.

Parking is $3 in the school’s general parking lots, $5 for VIP parking. Parking also is available on surrounding streets.

Chino has won 19 of the last 20 games, including a 15-7 win in last year’s contest.

Don Lugo last won in 2009, a victory that ended the Cowboys’ 18-game winning streak in the series.

This season, Don Lugo has a 2-2 record.

The Conquistadores, under first-year head coach Lou Randall, last played Sept. 13, winning 39-14 over Azusa at Citrus College in Glendora.

Chino High, under third-year head coach and 1990 Chino High graduate Matt McCain, entered Friday’s Mt. Baldy League opener against Ontario with a 2-2 record. The Cowboys shut out Pomona, 42-0, and Los Altos, 16-0, for their first two victories of the season.

Milk Can History

In 1980, Don Lugo High sports booster club member Marv Ecklund wanted to spark the rivalry between the Don Lugo and Chino high school football teams. That year, he decided to give a trophy to the winner for bragging rights.

Mr. Ecklund owned the actual Milk Can, which he had silver plated at a restoration shop in Pomona.

Starting in 1982, he carried the Milk Can Trophy from place to place for chroming, engraving and presentation.

For the first two years, the game was played in front of 6,000 fans at Chaffey College in Rancho Cucamonga.

Then the game was moved to the stadium at Chino High, home to both Chino and Don Lugo football teams. One year the game was played at Mt. San Antonio College in Walnut.

Mr. Ecklund, who died March 4, 2007, after a short illness, was honored before that year’s game when a plaque bearing his name was unveiled on the trophy. He started working the “chain gang” at Don Lugo football games in 1981, and served from 1981-84.

Even after his three children—Rhonda, Debbie and Jeff¬—graduated from Don Lugo High School, he continued to work as a volunteer until 2007.

Milk Can Game facts

*Last year’s Chino victory of 15-7 was the first time since 1995 that the game wasn’t decided by 24 or more points.

*Chino leads Don Lugo in victories, 21-11.

*Don Lugo recorded four consecutive shutouts of Chino from 1982 to 1985 and pitched a shutout in 2009 (35-0). Chino has three straight shutouts from 2005-07 and had shutouts in 1987 (6-0), 1992 (18-0), and 1996 (45-0).

*Don Lugo won 10 of the first 12 Milk Can games. Chino has won 19 of the last 20.

*Don Lugo scored seven or fewer points in 16 contests and Chino has scored at least 15 points in all but nine games.

Previous Milk Can game results are:

2011 Chino 15-7

2010 Chino 49-15

2009 Don Lugo 35-0

2008 Chino 41-10

2007 Chino 27-0

2006 Chino 35-0

2005 Chino 33-0

2004 Chino 45-7

2003 Chino 32-3

2002 Chino 51-7

2001 Chino 49-7

2000 Chino 31-7

1999 Chino 31-7

1998 Chino 31-7

1997 Chino 56-14

1996 Chino 45-0

1995 Chino 33-6

1994 Chino 23-21

1993 Chino 35-16

1992 Chino 18-0

1991 Don Lugo 24-21

1990 Don Lugo 21-7

1989 Chino 24-17

1988 Don Lugo 24-7

1987 Chino 6-0

1986 Don Lugo 33-17

1985 Don Lugo 21-0

1984 Don Lugo 7-0

1983 Don Lugo 17-0

1982 Don Lugo 16-0

1981 Don Lugo 10-6

1980 Don Lugo 28-13



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