The Little Brown Jug


     The rivalry between the Newberry Indians and the Sault Ste Marie Blue Devils spans almost a century now.  The rivalry is made even more special by "The Little Brown Jug".  The Little Brown Jug is a traveling trophy that remains with the last team to win this rivalry.   Not until after talking with one former player who has played for the Little Brown Jug in their day as a High School athlete did I truly get an appreciation for this rivalry and what the "Jug" means.  Here is what was shared with me:  

      The Little Brown Jug stands for something that can only be truly understood by those who play for it.  It is more then just a traveling trophy, but a symbol of purity of high school football.  For almost a century young men from both schools have grown up dreaming of playing for this mystical piece of ceramic.  There is a rich history of high school football for both of these schools, but when they graduate and come back for their class reunions they are not going to talk about any other game except the Jug game.  The Jug game is indeed a rivalry and has spread into other sports.   The Newberry-Soo game is indeed an important one.  On each side its us against them.  But when the smoke clears and the jug is handed to the winning team, win or lose the players and coaches on each side know they have experienced something special.  The two schools and towns may not like each other, but they respect each other.  The experience of playing for the Jug is magical and all those involved are forever etched in it's history.

     I still don't know how or when the actual Little Brown Jug traveling trophy was introduced into this rivalry.  I also don't have a picture of it.  I would appreciate if anyone could get me a picture or give me the scoop behind the trophy.  Please email me if you can help out with either.

upfootball@chartermi.net


THE HISTORY OF THE LITTLE BROWN JUG

Sault Ste Marie leads series 51-26-5

2007  
2006 Sault Ste Marie 27-7
2005 Newberry 36-6
2004 Newberry 20-0
DID NOT PLAY FROM 1999-2003
1998 Sault Ste Marie 43-0
1997 Sault Ste Marie 13-6
1996 Sault Ste Marie 38-0
1995 Newberry 17-0
1994 Sault Ste Marie 12-7
1993 Sault Ste Marie 21-20
1992 Sault Ste Marie 34-12
1991 Sault Ste Marie 20-0
1990 Newberry 28-14
1989 Sault Ste Marie 26-0
1988 Sault Ste Marie 22-0
1987 Sault Ste Marie 59-8
1986 Sault Ste Marie 22-21
1985 Sault Ste Marie 20-14
1984 Newberry 17-6
1983 Newberry 23-6
1982 Newberry 8-0
1981 Newberry 13-0
1980 Newberry 28-6
1979 Newberry 12-0
1978 Sault Ste Marie 37-0
1977 Sault Ste Marie 40-6
1976 Newberry 20-7
1975 Sault Ste Marie 37-36
1974 Sault Ste Marie 9-8
1973 Newberry 20-6
1972 Newberry 20-13
1971 Newberry 16-0
1970 Newberry 18-6
1969 Sault Ste Marie 27-13
1968 Sault Ste Marie 22-7
1967 Sault Ste Marie 20-7
1966 Sault Ste Marie 34-0
1965 Newberry 7-0
1964 Sault Ste Marie 27-7
1963 Sault Ste Marie 40-7
1962 Sault Ste Marie 40-6
1961 Sault Ste Marie 14-12
1960 Sault Ste Marie 14-12

DID NOT PLAY IN 1959

1958 Newberry 12-8
1957 Sault Ste Marie 34-0
1956 Sault Ste Marie 45-0
1955 Sault Ste Marie 34-6
1954 Sault Ste Marie 14-2
1953 Sault Ste Marie 12-6
1952 Tie 12-12
1951 Newberry 29-0
1950 Newberry 40-0
1949 Newberry 13-0
1948 Newberry 13-6
1947 Sault Ste Marie 7-0
1946 Sault Ste Marie 19-6
1945 Sault Ste Marie 49-6
1944 Sault Ste Marie 20-0
1943 Sault Ste Marie 25-12
1942 Sault Ste Marie 13-6
1941 Sault Ste Marie 6-0

DID NOT PLAY IN 1940

1939 Sault Ste Marie 6-0
1938 Sault Ste Marie 12-6
1937 Newberry 27-18
Tie 6-6
1936 Sault Ste Marie 12-7
Tie 6-6
1935 Newberry 19-0
1934 Tie 7-7
1933 Sault Ste Marie 12-0
1932 Sault Ste Marie 18-13
1931 Tie 6-6
1930 Sault Ste Marie 51-0
1929 Sault Ste Marie 39-0
1928 Sault Ste Marie 6-0
1927 Newberry 12-6
1926 Sault Ste Marie 20-0
1925 Newberry 26-20
1924 Sault Ste Marie 25-12
1923 Sault Ste Marie 13-12

DID NOT PLAY IN 1922

1921 Sault Ste Marie 20-6

DID NOT PLAY FROM 1912-1920

1911 Newberry 18-6