Monday, October 25, 2010

Weekly Updates from the Golden State

Many things to report this week including a few things that I forgot from last week . . .

At the monthly Rio Mesa H.S.
retirees breakfast with
Deanna Owens, Karen Pecht
Betty Bright Martinez and Kathy Saliba

Last week, on Tuesday, we had our monthly meeting sans all of the males in this esteemed group other than me. It was good to see these friends and do some serious catching up.

After this meeting I drove down to Pasadena to have lunch with Mike D'Antuono and Mark Johnson to do even more catching up.

What a great day that turned out to be!

I also had my annual physical exam last week and am glad to report that all of the walking paid off in significantly better numbers on my heart rate, blood pressure and cholesterol levels. Amazing what a 500 mile stroll can do for you!

After our weekend in the San Francisco Bay area, it was back to my first full week of coaching at Rio Mesa. We were scheduled to play at Hueneme H.S. on Friday in search of our first Pacific View League victory of the season.


This would be a special week for us as well because
of . . .

Michael Contreras
Hueneme H.S. J.V. Assistant Coach



Mike's team was a bit undermanned vs. the Spartans but only trailed 28-14 at the half thanks to two long TD passes. In the end Rio Mesa's J.V. squad prevailed by a final score of 53-14. The Vikings are now 1-6 overall, 0-2 in the PVL.

Mike in his classroom

Varsity Game Action

Rio Mesa in white on defense. The first half would be a spectator's delight and a defensive coach's nightmare.

The two teams both moved the ball at will in distinct manners. The Spartans pounded the ball on the ground while the Vikings gobbled up big chunks of yardage through the air.

At halftime, the Rio Mesa Spartans were in the lead 35-25!

The Spartans on Offense

The defensive adjustment at halftime worked and the Spartans limited Hueneme to only seven points in the last two quarters.

Rio Mesa ran the ball 34 times for 343 yards and added anotherv 123 yards through the air on 4 for 7 passing to storm to a 55-32 victory.

The Spartans are now 3-4, 1-1 in the PVL. Hueneme is 1-6, 0-2.

Next up for the Spartans is a game against the Channel Islands Raiders who are 2-5, 0-2. It is Rio Mesa's Homecoming game.

The Contreras Boys after the game

Nice disco belt Mike!


On Saturday, Laurie and I picked up her Dad, Bill, and his wife, Florene, and drove to Mike and Vanessa's new flat for dinner, where we had a wonderful meal with all the trimmings! Thank you so much!

Vanessa and . . . Mike???

That's better!

Of course, a Fall Saturday means college football, so lets check in on our two favorite teams.

#12 Linfield at #22 Pacific Lutheran

Always an intense Northwest Conference game with national Division III playoff implications. This would not be a good day for our Lutes.

The Wildcats would prevail 35-20 and Jason Johnson would experience defeat for the first time in his young coaching career.

Linfield is now 5-1, 4-0 in NWC play. The Lutes fall to 5-1, 2-1.

PLU will try to bounce back next Saturday at Lewis and Clark in Oregon. The Pioneers are 4-2, 2-1 in the NWC.

Washington at #15 Arizona

The Huskies continue a yo-yo season pattern losing to the Wildcats 44-14 after last week's exciting two overtime 35-34 victory over Oregon State.

The Dawgs are 3-4, 2-2 in the Pac-10. Arizona is now 6-1, 3-1.

The Huskies play #12 Stanford at home next Saturday. The Cardinal are 6-1, 3-1.


Sunday is reserved for NFL football which translates into watching the Cleveland Browns play a game at the Louisians Superdome against the defending Super Bowl Champion New Orleans Saints.

We would meet at Rod and Helen Fujita's home to watch the action. Of course, since the Browns' Scott Fujita played LB for the Saints the past four seasons, it would be a special day.

Rod Fujita explaining to his
Mother, Lillie, what Scott was up to

Helen's Birthday Present

Helen was really excited about Scott's gift in the background.

As it turned out, Scott and the Browns rose to the occasion.

Scott sacking Drew Brees . . .

. . . all the way to the turf

Scott celebrating after intercepting
a Drew Brees pass

He picked Brees' pass at the four yard line and returned it 15 yards!

Scott had a nice day at the office!

30 to 17 . . . WOW!!!

The assembled multitude was going nuts! The Browns are now 2-5 as they enter their bye week.



Johan said...

Great game by Scott and D as I understand it. Special teams was hot as well:

George said...


The Browns' Special Teams were outstanding! Their punter's 68 yard run was spectacular indeed.

Sorry about West Virginia's upset loss to Syracuse, welcome to college football misery.


Johan said...

Cheering for WVU always spells misery it seems. Each season looks promising but then they somehow screw things up. College football indeed. But hey, I love it anyway.

Henning turned two last week and after they birthdayparty yesterday I threw a copule of passes with Markus as my reciever. Decent spiral... I just might be able to teach young Henning as time comes.

George said...


Laurie said...

Johan: Please send pictures of Henning!!!