Rivals D-Ranch, D-Bar upping the stakes

The high school football game between Diamond Ranch and Diamond Bar on Oct. 7 will have more at stake this season than just a Hacienda League victory. The city of Diamond Bar is introducing the inaugural Mayor’s Cup, a trophy that will be awarded to the winner of the matchup at Diamond Bar High School next week, with Mayor Steve Tye doing the honors.

The schools played each other last year — a 41-0 Diamond Ranch victory — for the first time since Diamond Ranch coach Roddy Layton took over six years ago. Layton, whose team hails from Pomona, attempted to schedule the Brahmas to no avail until they landed in the Hacienda League last season.

“Sports, particularly when they involve youth, have a way of bringing the community together,” Tye said. “The Mayor’s Cup is a means for celebrating that togetherness.”

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