Location. Location. Location. For years, the athletes at Pomona and Claremont Men’s College shared a football team. Now, with two athletic departments for five closely knit colleges, a lot of those athletes find themselves sharing classes, and that’s all the motivation needed to fuel the battle for the Peace Pipe in one of the SCIAC’s richest rivalries. “I would say it’s about location,” said Claremont-Mudd-Scripps coach Rick Candaele, whose team plays host to Pomona-Pitzer at 1 p.m. today at Claremont McKenna College. “It’s right across the street. The players feel it’s more intense because they all know each other. Some they like; some they don’t. I would think this rivalry is more personal than others.” Neither team has held a decisive edge in the series. The Peace Pipe has switched owners each of the last four seasons, with Pomona-Pitzer earning a 24-10 win last season and CMS holding a 26-21 edge in a series that began in 1959 when separate athletic departments were created. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week “Not every team has a rivalry,” first year Pomona-Pitzer head coach Steve Rynne said. “Each year it can make or break a season when you have the opportunity to play someone everyone knows. Even people who don’t know much about football know about the Claremont-Pomona game.” This year’s edition will miss some spark, what with it coming in the middle of the season and during fall break. But it’s also another edition of a matchup without a clear-cut favorite. The Stags (0-1, 2-2) after falling in their Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Opener to La Verne in a game that left CMS licking its wounds come into the game riding momentum created during last week’s 55-24 victory over Lewis & Clark. Teo Bennett was healthy enough to run for 112 yards, Adam Richter collected 89 yards on the ground and the Stags held Lewis & Clark to just 28 rushing yards on 28 carries. Repeating that success will be difficult against a Pomona-Pitzer team (1-2, 2-3) that boasts the conference’s top rusher in Robert Pepple, who is averaging 100 yards a game. The Sagehens were idle last week after losing a 45-21 track meet to Cal Lutheran. Pomona-Pitzer still has the conference’s second-toughest defense to score on, a unit that will look to disrupt a CMS team averaging 30 points per game. In a somewhat hostile environment on the “road,” too. “Oh, certainly,” Rynne said. “It’s one of those games that will be competitive and spirited.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!