Old Oaken Bucket Infographic

The Doings Cup


Excerpt from the issue of the Downers Grove Reporter, October 10, 1935:

"Hinsdale started a 'Little Brown Jug' rivalry with the game last Saturday (October 5). Boys in their manual training room made an "Old Oaken Bucket"‚ bound with copper strips, which is to be contended for by the heavyweight football teams each year. Downers Grove will have its name and the score engraved on the Bucket this fall. It will be in the possession of the local team until the next game".


In the first sixteen years of its existence, Downers Grove controlled the series, winning ten of the sixteen games and tying two. Then in 1951, the Red Devils controlled the Bucket for twenty consecutive years (1951 to 1970). In over a half century of competition, the series stands at Hinsdale 51 wins, Downers 31 wins and 3 games have ended in ties. Twenty-eight games have been decided by a touchdown or less.

Considering the closeness of the communities and the fact that both schools were charter members of the West Suburban Conference, this has been a great rivalry.

GAME RESULTS 1935 - 2019

NEWS 2006 - 2019

2018 09/18Varsity Football crushes DGN
2017 09/18Football team captures Oaken Bucket for 11th consecutive year
2017 09/14Week 4: Scouting the West Suburban (2017)
2016 09/09VIDEO: Red Devils @ DGN for 82nd #OLDOAKENBUCKET
2015 09/12Quarterback Michael Sessa leads Hinsdale Central in blowout of Downers North
2015 09/12VIDEO: No. 12 Hinsdale Central topples Downers North
2015 09/10Hinsdale Central offense rolling ahead of Old Oaken Bucket game
2015 09/10High School Lites Preview: Week 3
2014 10/25Hinsdale Central hangs on to Old Oaken Bucket with win against Downers Grove North
2014 10/24Hinsdale Central’s Matt Rafferty connects with Thomas Ives for 3 TDs in win over Downers North
2014 10/23Rafferty's returning at right time for Hinsdale Central
2013 10/27Hinsdale Central Football Qualifies for Playoffs
2013 10/26Hinsdale Central becomes playoff eligible with win over Downers North
2013 10/25Hinsdale Central notches fifth win of the season
2013 10/23Strange injury bug hit snakebit Hinsdale Central
2012 10/18Nerve-racking victory earns Red Devils playoff spot, Old Oaken Bucket
2012 10/15Stefani's patience pays off with 110-yard game
2012 10/13Hinsdale Central Defense Comes Up Big in Win at Downers North
2012 10/12Turnovers, 2-point play decide Hinsdale Central-Downers North football
2012 10/12Hinsdale Central stops DGN 2-point attempt to clinch playoff berth
2012 10/12Hinsdale Central's late defensive stop prevents Downers North upset
2012 10/12LIVE: Watch Hinsdale Central vs. DGN on Patch High School Cube
2012 10/12PREVIEW: After Tough OT Loss, Red Devils Look to Bounce Back Against DGN
2011 10/15Junior Quarterback Leads Hinsdale Central Past Downers North
2011 10/14Hinsdale Central earns playoff spot with win
2011 10/14Hinsdale Central Looking for Fourth Straight Win
2011 10/11'Bucket' football rivalry has checkered past
2010 10/12Hodakowski steps up in push to playoffs
2010 10/12Sellinger makes most of second chance
2010 10/08Hinsdale Central rallies past Downers North, improves record to 4-3
2010 10/08Red Devils escape past Downers North
2010 10/07Hinsdale Central looks to continue playoff push at Downers North
2010 10/05Pigskin Preview: Hinsdale Central (3-3) at Downers North (1-5)
2009 10/11'Homecoming is a little bit different'
2009 10/11Rafferty, Devils come up to rout rival DGN
2009 10/10Hinsdale Central blows past Downers North
2009 10/10'D' gets it done for Hinsdale Central
2008 10/09Defensive stand sparks Devils' surge against DGN
2008 10/09Trojans fall to Hinsdale Central
2008 10/03Hinsdale Central tops Downers North
2008 10/03Hinsdale Central @ Downers Grove North
2008 10/02Hinsdale Central Pigskin Preview Hinsdale Central (4-1) at Downers North (3-2)
2007 10/04Zajeski steps up as Devils regain Bucket
2007 09/30Hinsdale Central drops Trojans
2007 09/29VIDEO: 2007 HCRD vs. Downers Grove North
2007 09/29Fill-in fills the bill, Backup stands out in secondary, scores on blocked punt
2007 09/29Red Devils raise the 'Bucket'
2007 09/27Rock for Huskisson caps homecoming fete
2007 09/04Bucket means a lot to DiMatteo
2006 09/28Downers North controls clock, Red Devils
2006 09/14Pigskin Preview Hinsdale Central (3-1, 0-1 in Silver) at Downers North (2-1, 1-1)

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