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The Gridiron will decide the unofficial ownership of Main Street for rivals Pioneer Valley High and Santa Maria High Schools this Thursday and Friday night on the turf.

The “Main Street Classic” events kick off with a noontime lunch on Thursday at Cool Hand Luke’s Restaurant. Some players, coaches, athletic directors and a few administrators from the Panthers and Saints are participating.

The Panthers have never lost the football game in school history, according to PVHS Athletic Director Greg Lanthier.

“We enjoy a great tradition of competition in all sports with SMHS,’’ Lanthier said. “The environment when our two schools meet is energetic, inspiring, and filled with good sportsmanship. It is everything that High School sports was meant to be. We currently have zero sports in the same league as SMHS and a crucial motivation in wanting to move to the Central CIF Section is the opportunity that Section affords us in aligning SMHS and PVHS in the same league for All sports.’’

SMHS Athletic Director Brian Wallace agreed, adding “Whatever the outcome this year, the game will prove to be an exciting and memorable experience for all.’’

The game is at SMHS.

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