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Pueblo’s two legendary high school football rivalries to be showcased in documentary

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PUEBLO, Colo. (KRDO) -- The Steel City might be the Home of the Heroes, but it's also home to what's considered the oldest high school football rivalry west of the Mississippi.

Now, that rivalry and another are being highlighted in a documentary.

According to Pueblo School District 60, Colorado-based FanVu is set to premiere an hour-long documentary called "Two Rivers: A Story of High School Football Rivalries in Pueblo, Colorado."

The film will focus on Pueblo's two long-standing football rivalries, the Bell Game and the Cannon Game.

Referred to as the "One Hundred Year War," the Central Wildcats and Centennial Bulldogs have been playing against each other dating back to 1892. The first time was at Minnequa Ball Park near Lake Minnequa. The rivalry didn't officially become the Bell Game until 1950 when Lou Rhoads donated an old C&W Railway Engine bell.

The Cannon Game played between the South Colts and East Eagles officially began in 1976 when both Key Clubs went to the school board asking to purchase a cannon.

“We are elated that FanVu has chosen Pueblo and its football rivalries for this production,” said Pueblo District 60 Athletics Director Aaron Bravo in a release. “We all know the excitement and interest the Bell and Cannon Games generate, and now it’s time for the rest of the nation, and world, to find out what makes Pueblo football so special.”

"Two Rivers: A Story of High School Football Rivalries in Pueblo, Colorado" premieres Saturday, July 30, at Pueblo Memorial Hall.

According to D60, the documentary will be shown three times:

  • Premiere (reserved seating): 3 p.m.
  • General Admission: 6 p.m.
  • General Admission: 8 p.m.

Tickets for all three showings go on sale Monday, May 16 at 10 p.m at Pueblo Memorial Hall. Tickets can also be purchased online.

Watch the full trailer below:

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