Bell Game

The first game between FV and Edison was held in 1969 before a crowd of 4,600 fans at Huntington Beach High School. To accommodate larger crowds, the game was moved to Orange Coast College, and has since then moved between various locations each year.

In 1975, activity coordinators from both schools planned to have a cannon – a World War II howitzer – instead of a bell. They scrapped the idea once they found out it could actually fire.

Activity coordinators Dave Hagen (FV) and Ben Garrett (Edison) discovered an old, rusty train bell at a Mission Viejo antique store and purchased it with student funds. The bell was so large that it didn’t fit in Hagen’s VW bug, so they had to find a bigger vehicle for the drive back.

Shop classes from both schools worked together to put the bell back in mint condition.

One game at Anaheim Stadium was rumored to have been packed with some 29,000 fans.

The one and only tie in Bell Game history was on October 4, 1974, with a final score of 0-0. Fountain Valley missed two field goals, the last one coming in with no time left in the game, and Edison had a 66-yard touchdown nullified by a penalty.

Edison was the first school to officially “win” the bell in 1975, defeating the Barons, 19-6.

The last time the bell made its way home to Fountain Valley High was after the Barons’ thrilling 21-20 victory over Edison in 2004

The bell has a large crack running down the side, much like the famous Liberty Bell.

In the past 45 years, there have been 14 wins for Fountain Valley, 29 wins for Edison, and 1 tie:

 

EHS Year FVHS
21 1969 20
28 1970 8
21 1971 7
26 1972 7
24 1973 28
0 1974 0
19 1975 6
13 1976 3
3 1977 6
10 1978 7
35 1979 7
15 1980 14
24 1981 13
17 1982 3
7 1983 17
10 1984 11
24 1985 12
3 1986 0
13 1987 14
21 1988 28
28 1989 25
26 1990 6
14 1991 7
11 1992 20
27 1993 14
42 1994 22
22 1995 27
12 1996 35
17 1997 19
28 1998 42
21 1999 35
16 2000 3
19 2001 10
16 2002 28
22 2003 8
20 2004 21
34 2005 0
31 2006 9
22 2007 13
14 2008 7
24 2009 0
35 2010 17
6 2011 0
21 2012 3
24 2013

0

 

29 wins, 14 losses, 1 tie