Turkey Tussle: Kevin Mills was ready for war

WHO: John Muir (8-1, 6-0) vs. Pasadena (1-8, 1-5)

WHEN: Friday, 7 P.M.

WHERE: Rose Bowl

John Muir leads the series, 36-17-2

For the record, Pasadena coach Kevin Mills doesn’t read the blog, so he says.

Before I got off the phone with him I asked him what was up with the military gear. I told him I was taken aback by it and said it wasn’t an outfit I’d expect a head football coach to wear during a marquee game.

“OK, OK, I’ll give you that,” was Mills’ response. He said the message he was trying to convey was that Pasadena, in the Turkey Tussle two years ago, was going to war.

“We’ve been hostage for 11 years,” Mills said, “that’s what it is.” He went on to say, “in this town you’re based on what you’ve done against Muir.”

Though the Bulldogs are 1-8 with the season coming to an end Friday night, Mills added that winning that game and a Bulldog stepping up will be remembered years to come. He brought up the example of Muir QB Tarrell Amos, AKA Famous Amos who single handily helped the Mustangs beat Pasadena in 1988.

In regards to Pasadena alumni who have expressed disinterest for this year’s Turkey Tussle, here’s what Mills had to say:

If you can’t support where you once went to school and understand the magnitude of the game then that’s on you. This game is about the kids. If you’re coming to the game come see the game to support the kids. Come support both schools, period.


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