Muir Mustangs Keep the Victory Bell in 33-21 Win Over PHS Bulldogs

John Muir High School football players ring the bell after winning Pasadena High School for the 71st annual Turkey Tussle, with the score 33 to 21 at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Friday, November 3, 2017.John Muir High School player Dale Hubbard (51), left, shakes hands with PHS player Demir Fisher (52) after John Muir wins the 71st Turkey Tussle.John Muir High School football players ring the bell after winning Pasadena High School for the 71st annual Turkey Tussle with the score 33 to 21 at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Friday, November 3, 2017.PHS player Joshua Blueford (11) bows his head after John Muir scores during the 71st Turkey Tussle.PHS coach talks to his players71st Annual Turkey TusslePHS player Chris Lee (80) celebrates after scoring a touch downThe Pasadena High School Band performs during half time.Chuck Malouf, from the John Muir High School Alumni Association, supports his team.71st Annual Turkey Tussle71st Annual Turkey Tussle71st Turkey Annual TussleJohn Muir\'s (9) Caleb Snowden scores a touch-down

Story by BRIAN REED-BAIOTTO | Photography by JAMES CARBONE

5:10 am | November 4, 2017


Muir earned yet another Turkey Tussle victory over Pasadena.

In the last 22 years alone, the Mustangs have claimed 21 of those 22 battles for the Victory Bell, including Friday’s 33-21 win over the Bulldogs.

Jonathan Stephens has been incredible, and especially of late.

Stephens rushed for 135 yards on 12 carries, and he scored twice, including a 75-yard TD to give Muir a 13-9 lead.

Stephens also earned the game’s MVP (Austin Lacy Award).

Brian Love was an efficient 9 of 12 for 174 yards and two TD passes.

Love’s first pass of the game was 65-yard TD to John Freeman.

Pasadena kicker Fernando Simental made field goals of 32, 34 and 32 yards.

PHS quarterback Randy Santellan was 9 of 19 for 96 yards.

Santellan did find Christian Lee on a 15-yard TD for the Bulldogs.

Caleb Snowden had a 6-yard TD catch from Love, and Stephens’ 9-yard scoring run with just seconds to play added the exclamation mark for the Mustangs (6-4).

PHS finishes at 2-8.