Gladiators recapture Spirit Trophy after 13 years in a 14-7 win over rival Warwick Wildcats!


 The Goshen Gladiators recaptured the coveted Spirit Trophy for the first time since 2003, in a 14-7 victory against the rival Warwick Wildcats at the 106th Spirit Trophy Game on Oct. 5.

With the win, Goshen breaks a 13-year losing streak against Warwick dating back to 2004.

The team is now 5-1 in season play.

“I am tremendously proud of our players, coaches and staff for setting a goal and achieving it,” said Athletic Director Matthew O’Brien. “It’s nice to see this community celebrate something so remarkable.   I knew  the Spirit Trophy meant a great deal to this community but after watching this community celebrate the victory, it’s clear to me how special this achievement is and how truly exceptional this team is.”

The Spirit Trophy Game dates back to 1896, when football players from Goshen High School faced off against Warwick Valley High School in what was Warwick’s first documented high school football game.

That first meeting would become the second-oldest high school football rivalry in New York State, with hundreds of Goshen Gladiators participating since that time.

Players and coaches believe this rivalry means much more than simply winning.

It’s about tradition, sportsmanship and a sense of community.

The only time a Spirit Trophy game wasn’t held was during the war years and a one-year hiatus in 2001.

The Wildcats lead the all-time series 55-47-4. The oldest rivalry in New York State is Rome Free Academy and Utica Proctor, which began in 1891, according to Section 9 Football Insider.

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