Every Thursday and Friday night thousands of people flock to the
local high school football games, but they’re not just showing up
to watch the teams.
Every Thursday and Friday night thousands of people flock to the local high school football games, but they’re not just showing up to watch the teams.
Luring them in from the parking lots of Live Oak, Gilroy, San Benito and Ann Sobrato high schools are the mouth-watering smells of tri-tip sandwiches, pizza, beans and more. Aside from the typical hot dogs, candy and sunflower seeds that so many football concession stands offer, the high schools of the South Valley have become known for their unique menus, and the opposing team’s fans aren’t complaining.
“My husband and I always come early to the junior varsity game in order to get a pepper steak sandwich even though our son doesn’t play until the varsity game,” Mary Vasquez, of Watsonville, said about the food at Gilroy High School.
GHS football games are the only place in town where pepper steak lovers can get the sandwich other than the three days of the Garlic Festival.
Football dad and pepper steak pro Dave Sheedy said in order to make the best sandwiches “you’ve got to be a master with the beef.”
“I have one everytime I come,” he said while flipping the meat on the grill.
Those who love tri-tip but would rather skip the peppers and garlic in Gilroy can find other well known sandwiches in Hollister and Morgan Hill.
“The signature food is a tri-tip sandwich, and they make these great beans that go well with it,” said Becky Doty, the Associated Student Body Clerk at San Benito High School.
“It’s a tradition how they’re made. They just do it right.”
Tri-tip sandwiches are also drooled over at the Live Oak games.
“We’ve got the best meat in town,” Kris Friebel, who helps run the stand, said.
And when hungry pigskin fans are in the mood for something different, they can enjoy the pizza and hotdogs at Sobrato High games.
Proceeds from the SBHS concessions goes to the Baler Football Boosters, and the Live Oak Agriculture Boosters take home the money raised in Morgan Hill.
GHS rotates the beneficiaries of the concession stand so that several different campus organizations have a chance to raise money. While SBHS and Live Oak say they don’t run out of their top selling tri-tip, hungry GHS fans say if you want to get a piece of the beefy deliciousness, you better come early.
“A lot of people come early to eat and then watch our guys,” said Karie Gonzales, a parent who helps out at GHS.
Ann Sobrato High School
Hot dogs, pizza
Proceeds: Sobrato Athletic Booster Club
San Benito High School
Tri-Tip Sandwich: $5
Recommended: side of beans
Proceeds: Baler Football Boosters
Gilroy High School
Pepper Steak Sandwich: $6
Alternative: Polish dog
Proceeds: Several campus organizations
Live Oak High School
Tri-Tip Sandwich with drink: $7
Proceeds: Live Oak Agriculture Boosters