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Reigning national champion St. John Bosco opens its football season Aug. 22 in Honolulu. Photo courtesy St. John Bosco
  • Reigning national champion St. John Bosco opens its football season Aug. 22 in Honolulu. Photo courtesy St. John Bosco

Sports Briefs: 2014-15 football schedules released
With new coaches, Calvary Chapel’s goal is to make CIF playoffs.
WRITTEN BY :   Mark Fetter, Contributor

DOWNEY – The Downey Calvary Chapel football team will start their 2014 football season with a scrimmage against the Santa Rosa Academy Rangers of Menifee at Santa Rosa Academy on Aug. 30 at 4 p.m.

The Grizzlies will then host the Santa Clara Saints of Oxnard on Sept. 6, at Downey High School, in their season opener.

The Grizzlies travel to Ribet Academy of Los Angeles on Sept. 13 to play the Fighting Frogs. DCC has no game scheduled the following week but will travel to Southlands Christian of Walnut and play the Eagles on Sept. 26.

The Grizzlies will then host the Fairmont Prep Huskies at Downey on Oct. 3 before traveling to Ocean View High School of Huntington Beach to play the Brethren Christian Warriors on Oct. 10.

Downey Calvary Chapel travels to Crean Lutheran of Irvine and plays the Saints on Oct. 17 before their bye week. The Grizzlies then host the Sage Hill Lightning of Newport Beach on Nov. 1 before closing out their regular season on the road against the Saint Margaret’s Tartans of San Juan Capistrano on Nov. 7.

The Grizzlies have their goal set on making the Southern Section Division East Valley playoffs.

DCC is looking to improve upon their 2-6 record from last season and are hoping to achieve that by having Warren High School teachers/football coaches Jeff Welch and Dan Latham coaching together at Downey Calvary Chapel. The two coaches combine for 40-plus years of experience on the gridiron.

Coach Welch, Coach Latham, the DCC staff and players are looking forward to the start of the 2014 football season.

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The St. John Bosco Braves football team is preparing for the start of their 2014 football season and the defense of their Trinity League, C.I.F., state and national titles.

Coach Negro has reloaded his talent on offense with the likes of senior quarterback Josh Rosen (UCLA) and junior running back Sean McGrew. Add standout receiver Jared Harrell to the mix and Bosco’s offense looks very potent.

Bosco will start their season on the road against the St. Louis Crusaders of Honolulu at Aloha Stadium on Aug. 22 at 7 p.m. The Braves will then travel to Excelsior Adult School in Norwalk on Sept. 5 to play the Norwalk Lancers at 7 p.m.

Bosco travels to Portland, Oregon, to play the Central Catholic Rams on Sept. 12. The Braves will then have their bye week before playing at Bishop Gorman in Las Vegas on Sept. 26. The Bishop Gorman game will be televised at 8 p.m. on ESPN.

The Braves travel to Crenshaw of Los Angeles on Oct. 3rd to play the Cougars. Bosco will then start Trinity League play Oct. 10 when they host the Mater Dei Monarchs.

The Braves travel to San Juan Capistrano to play the  JSerra Lions on Oct. 16.

Bosco will host the Orange Lutheran Lancers on Oct. 24 and follow that with a game against the Servite Friars on Oct. 31 at Cerritos College.

The Braves close out their regular season by hosting the Santa Maragarita Eagles on Nov. 7.

Head coach Jason Negro, his staff and players are looking forward to the start of the 2014 football season.

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The Warren High School football team is preparing for the start of their 2014 football season. Bear head coach Raul Lara and his staff have been seeing their players get bigger, faster and stronger due to their offseason weight training program.

Bear linebacker coach William Alo said that “strong safety Jordan Mayes, inside linebacker Steven Zepeda and free safety Benjamin Donerson continue to standout.” Mayes has been especially impressive in the weight room by bench pressing 185 lbs. 18 times.

Lineman Joseph Danieux bench pressed 185 lbs. 32 times and fellow lineman Andrew Wickens power cleaned 185 lbs. 31 times in competition.

Alo also said that this year’s team is “hungry and eager to learn.” Gone are the days of “socks and flipflops in the weight room” and here to stay are phrases “get to or got to” and get on the B.U.S. (brotherhood, unity and sacrifice). There is a definite change of attitude in the Bear football program.

Coach Lara stated when he took over the Warren High football program that “the weight room will become a shrine for those who dedicate themselves to getting better.” The results are starting to show with improvement in size and strength. These improvements, however, must now be translated to on-the-field performance.

Warren will scrimmage against Burbank Burroughs at Burbank Burroughs on Friday, Aug. 29, at 7 p.m. Warren will open their season on the road at St. Paul against the Swordsmen on Sept. 5.

Coach Lara, his staff and players are looking forward to the start of the 2014 football season.

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The Downey High School football team is preparing for the start of their 2014 season. The C.I.F. mandated three week “dead period” is over and the Vikings have been practicing daily at 3:15 p.m.

Two-a-days will take place shortly in preparation for what hopes to be a 14-game season and C.I.F. Southeast Division championship. Downey won the 2012 C.I.F. title by defeating La Serna but were eliminated by Diamond Bar in the first round of the Southeast Division playoffs in 2013.

Viking offensive coordinator Dexter Davis has also been busy putting together a potent offense that will move the chains and score some points. Davis’ offense hopes to showcase the many weapons Downey has by utilizing his team’s speed and playmaking ability.

Coach Davis, now in his fifth year, is excited about this season and the skill players he has to work with. Sophomore Trevor Hill is taking snaps with the first offensive unit and appears to be the starting quarterback. Hill will have senior running backs Josh Flores and Justin Huff to hand the ball off to in addition to a very talented junior running back in Daveon Vigilante.

Senior receivers Jacob Cook, Jason Thomas and Ricky Wong will all catch passes from Trevor Hill as will juniors Jaylen Thomas, Cameron Carr and Albert Padilla. Junior Giovanni DeLoera will anchor the offensive line from his left tackle position.

Downey will scrimmage against Division I and the Trinity League’s Orange Lutheran Lancers on Friday, Aug. 22, at 5 p.m.

Coach Williams, his staff and players are looking forward to the start of the 2014 football season.

 

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Published: July 31, 2014 – Volume 13 – Issue 16



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