Sunday, June 8, 2014

Conejo Classic Passing Tournament


On Wednesday I got a phone call from Doug Dagan, the Varsity Defensive Back Coach at Newbury Park regarding today's annual Conejo Classic Passing Tournament that was held at Moorpark College.

The tournament is made up of 24 Varsity teams but Doug had a problem. Trabuco Hills H.S. was forced to drop out at the last second and Doug needed a team to fill in for them.

Would our JV Newbury Park squad be willing to bite the bullet?

HELL YES!!!

A CHANCE TO COMPETE!!!

Thus, thanks to the help of a lot of parents providing transportation, our JVs left NPHS at 7:15 a.m. for the drive to Moorpark College and an 8:30 a.m. game against Laurie's alma mater, Crescenta Valley H.S.

It would be a GREAT day for an American football tournament and a fun day for me to see a lot of my old coaching buddies.

Rich Herrera

Rich was the Head Baseball Coach at Westlake H.S. when I was the Head Football Coach there back in the 1980s. He was there supporting his new local school Valencia H.S. who we would play later in the day.

Game 1 vs. Crescenta Valley H.S.

Our boys were a bit nervous but I thought that we did a good job in terms of giving effort.  We lost but we had some very positive flashes. 

Dennis Gossard

Dennis was an outstanding single-wing tailback at Crescenta Valley H.S. back in 1964 when our St. Francis H.S. team played them. He has been coaching at C.V. for a long time and his son serves as the team's Offensive Coordinator.

Game 2 vs. Arleta H.S.

I forgot to get a picture with their coach Bill Coan who is a San Fernando Valley warhorse of a coach.

Our boys continued to impress us with their effort.

Bill Irace

I played JC football with Bill at Glendale College in 1965. He is always a fun man to see at these tournaments and is helping at Crescenta Valley H.S. with Dennis Gossard. 

Spacing vs. Arleta

Game #3 vs. Valencia H.S.

The Vikings were easily the best team in our four team pool and won easily but still, we had our moments.

I like our kids a lot, we are going to do well this year if we keep progressing.

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