Santa Maria high schools compete in "the Battle of the Helmet"

SANTA MARIA, Calif. - "The Battle of the Helmet" kicked off in Santa Maria on Thursday with a lunch event.

The Battle of the Helmet game is when Righetti and Pioneer Valley High Schools play against each other.

It's a tradition before the big game on Friday.

It was held at Cool Hand Luke's around noon.

The winner gets to keep the special football helmet.

Some players, coaches, athletic directors and a few administrators from the warriors and panthers participated.

Righetti won the battle of the helmet game last year.

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