It had been 35 years since the 1982 San Bernardino Valley college football team had won its first state championship.
And they came back to SBVC Stadium on Saturday night to witness an even rarer feat: SBVC beating Pasadena.
The Wolverines rallied from a 23-19 halftime deficit to beat the Lancers 33-26 on Saturday night. It was San Bernardino's first win over a Pasadena team since 1937. The two teams had not played each other for 15 years before hooking up last year, and San Bernardino had been 3-17 lifetime against the Lancers opening action Saturday.
San Bernardino did the hard way, racking up 497 yards of total offense, which was off-set by 223 yards in penalties in the game. And they did it without starting quarterback Armando Herrera, who threw two interceptions while battling injuries. But Alex Lewis was up to the task in his place, throwing for 258 yards and three touchdowns, and running for another 78 to keep the drives moving.
David Haney, making his season debut for the Wolverines, turned the tide in the second half, intercepting an Ian Bryce pass and returning it 43 yards for a score that gave SBVC the lead.
Lewis threw touchdown passes of 60 yards (to Brandin McDowell) and 84 yards (to Elijah Smith) in the first half.
San Bernardino heads out on the road for the first time this season next Saturday, as it will take on Citrus at 1 p.m.