“We’re really pleased,” first year coach Willie Snead said about the team’s rebound from a winless 2002. “The kids have a renewed interest in football. They’re having fun again. They feel like they have something to prove.”
Snead moved here with his wife, who grew up in Rancho Bernardo, after coaching stints in Chicago and Florida. His team in the Sunshine State had a 48-game winning streak, a far cry from what the Sundevils have done recently. Now, he can teach them about winning.
“They just needed some guidance,” Snead said. “Every kid wants to win. They just have to learn how.”
Those kids have improved strength and speed over recent seasons, and the experience of having played together since Pop Warner days. Among the standouts are QB Andrew Denny, WRs Hardy Hogue and Alexander Aguilar and RB Matt Kahari.
The Wolverines have a pretty strong team right out of the gate, so this will be another test for Snead’s kids.
Among the other big games this week are Fallbrook at #1 Torrey Pines, Carlsbad at Rancho Bernardo, Oceanside at Vista, Mira Mesa at Helix, Steele Canyon at Grossmont and #2 Marian Catholic at Bonita Vista.
Use the link under Features below for a full schedule, and for Friday night scores — plus individual pages for some of the teams. You’ll also find links to coverage of individual games.
Chula Vista 34 Carlsbad 7 — The last six minutes of the Chula Vista-Carlsbad game told the whole story. On one sideline, coaches were taking off their headsets with that much time left, players were posing for photographs with big smiles and the bench was being cleared. It was not the sideline of top-ranked Carlsbad, because host Chula Vista physically manhandled the Lancers 34-7.
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Photo: Chula Vista brings power from T Nathan Flowers and FB Rodrick McPeak (above)
Torrey Pines 23 La Costa Canyon 0 — No matter how big the rivalry gets, Torrey Pines has a way of beating La Costa Canyon, doing so again Thursday night, 23-0, using a strong defense and opportunistic offense. The victory gave the third-ranked Falcons their ninth straight win against their northern rival.
Both teams struggled offensively in the first quarter — the Mavericks being particularly hindered by the loss of gamebreaking RB-WR-KR Vincenzo Perretta, who watched the game on the sideline with his arm in a sling.
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