Supporters and players were fired up Friday night in Redlands for one of the showcase high school football rivalries in Southern California.
Redlands High and Redlands East Valley High fought deep into the fourth quarter, and RHS held on to defeat REV 41-37 for Smudge Pot bragging rights in their annual crosstown matchup.
The Wildcats had won five Smudge Pots in a row, but the Terriers made clutch first downs at the end of the showdown to improve to 7-1 for the 2012 season.
Thousands packed the stands on both sides of Dodge Field and more sat in extra stands behind the end zones. Numerous students from both schools used face paint and body paint to show support for their teams.
The matchup was billed as a home game for the Wildcats, who fell to 3-4 so far this season.
Dodge Stadium is on Redlands High School's campus at 840 E. Citrus Ave.