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Cleveland, Franklin breakfast together before big game

by: Eric Norberg, Portland Tribune Editor Dwight Jaynes, whose journalism resume also includes the now-defunct Portland Journal, and later the Portland Oregonian.

The football rivalry between the two Inner Southeast high schools, Cleveland and Franklin, goes back a long ways. The first 'big game' between the two schools was in 1916; Franklin beat Cleveland 48 to 0. Then came the World War I years, and the fledgling rivalry did not resume till 1921, when the Cleveland Warriors took revenge 6-0.

However, this year marked the start of a new tradition between the two schools: On the day of the big game between them--Friday, September 29th--the Seniors on the football teams from both schools, with their principals, athletic directors, and rally squads, got together for breakfast. The 40-minute event introduced personnel from each school to the other, served up a hearty buffet breakfast, and featured a brief keynote from Portland Tribune editor Dwight Jaynes, himself a 1965 graduate of Cleveland High.

After finishing the breakfast at Country Bill's Restaurant, 45th and S.E. Woodstock, a lunch and dinner restaurant which owner Craig Thomas opened early specifically for the event, Jaynes rose to congratulate both schools, and to counsel the seniors to follow their dreams, but to be prepared to adjust their trajectory to get there. Jaynes recalled his dream had been to be a professional baseball player, but his level of play was not enough to get him into the big leagues…but by turning to a press career, he eventually sat in a dugout during a World Series.

He also advised the young players always to respect their opponent. A game has little meaning, he pointed out, if you do not have such respect…and the same is true in life.

In the subsequent football game that night, Franklin bested Cleveland, 20 to 15; it was the second straight win for Franklin, who won last year 35 to 9, but in 2004 Cleveland beat Franklin, 35 to 21. Overall, in the 90 years of the rivalry, Franklin has the edge, 38 wins to Cleveland's 24. In addition there were four ties; one 7-7 tie in 1961, and no less than three 0-0 ties - in 1931, 1936, and 1970.