Friday, September 29, 2006

Clausen & Tyler Star For Oaks Christian

Nationally-ranked Oaks Christian continues to roll. Thursday night quarterback Jimmy Clausen tossed three touchdown passes and running back Marc Tyler rushed for 222 yards and four touchdowns to lead Oaks Christian to a 47-17 win over Venice. For a complete game wrap, please click on our headline "Clausen & Tyler Star For Oaks Christian".

Sunday, September 17, 2006

De La Salle (CA) Doesn't Show Respect To Elder(s)

Yes you're supposed to respect your elders, but De La Salle, the #5 team in the USA Today Super 25, didn't care about Elder's high Ohio ranking. De La Salle junior quarterback Mike MacGillivray ran for four touchdown and threw two others to lead the Spartans to a 56-38 win in the McDonald's Kirk Herbstreit Ohio Vs. USA Challenge.

To read a complete game wrap, please click on our headline "De La Salle Doesn't Show Respect To Elder(s)".

Friday, September 15, 2006

Mission Viejo Suffers Rare Loss

Mater Dei did something that only two other teams did in the last 73 games against Mission Viejo....beat the Diablos. Friday night Mater Dei needed overtime to win 17-14. For a complete game recap from the LA Times, please click on our headline "Mission Viejo Suffers Rare Loss".

Sunday, August 20, 2006

High School Football Goes Primetime In San Diego

In 1994 in eastern Pennsylvania, I created a high school football highlights show called "The Big Ticket" that aired Friday night. The show was and still is a huge hit!!

It airs at 11 o'clock and last an entire hour with complete highlights from 12-15 games. Basically when "The Big Ticket" was created I expected it to be SportsCenter-like. We accomplished that in short order, and it became more than the usual Friday Night Frenzy that most local TV stations do every Friday night.

That's right, most local TV stations don't treat the sport right! But I'll save that rant for another time.

What this post is about is one cable station in San Diego that is doing it right.

Thursday Night High School Football comes to primetime this season thanks to Cox Communications TV 4 in San Diego. The cable company has created a 14-game television schedule of Thursday night games in the CIF, that will conclude with the CIF-San Diego Section football championship at Qualcomm Stadium. What I like about this is the fact that these games will standout for lovers of high school football. Friday nights are great, but watching an extra game a week is even better.

Below you'll find the schedule for the season. All games start at 7:05.

August 31 - Oceanside High @ Helix High
September 7 - Bogalusa High (Louisiana) vs. Bonita Vista High @ Southwestern College
September 14 - Poway High @ El Capitan High
September 21 - Monte Vista High @ West Hills High
September 28 - Valley Center High @ Mission Hills High
October 5 - Ramona High @ Escondido High
October 12 - Steele Canyon High @ Valhalla High
October 19 - Chula Vista High @ Sweetwater High
October 26 - Mar Vista High @ Hilltop High
November 2 - Carlsbad High @ Rancho Buena Vista High
November 9 - Cathedral Catholic vs. St. Augustine @ Southwestern College

Friday, July 07, 2006

Preview of East/West Hall of Fame Game

It will be East versus West in tonight's (July 7) Hall of Fame All-Star High School Football Game at Mountain View. For a preview of what should be a high-powered East offense, please click on the California High School Football Huddle headline "Preview of East/West Hall of Fame Game".

Wednesday, March 29, 2006

Lights Coming To Gunn High

The Palo Alto Unified School District Board has approved the installation of lights at Gunn's football field. To read more from, please click on the California High School Football Huddle's headline "Lights Coming To Gunn High".

Saturday, January 28, 2006

Salinas High School Head Football Coach Steps Down After Probation

Salinas High School Head Football Coach Mark Ironside did the right thing by resigning earlier this week.

Ironside's resignation comes on the heels of Salinas' entire athletic program being placed on probation by Central Coast Section officials for numerous infractions. The football program has been placed on two year probation and the other sports one year.

What surprises is me, is Ironside wasn't asked to step-down.

Salinas principal John Macias is quoted in The California as saying, "it was his call." Ironside compounds the problem be not saying if his decision to step down was based on the CCS ruling.

"I just felt it was in the best overall interest of the Salinas High School athletic program,'' said Ironside in The Californian article. Ironside will remain on staff as a health and physical education teacher.

What is the Salinas administration by not demanding Ironside resign and apologize? It's my opinion that wins and losses mean more than educating the students.

Just look at what happened during the 2005 season, and decide whether you think Ironside should have been given the choice to stay.

In November a Salinas football player was caught with a fraudulent address, forcing the Cowboys to forfeit five wins and a tie.

In late November, seven varsity football players received lifetime bans from high school sports for appearing in an unsanctioned television commercial.

Bottom line here, Ironside was as responsible as anyone for the Salinas program becoming the SMU of high school sports in California. While I feel bad for the good kids in the program, here's hoping that the CSS decision wakes-up other schools around the country that try to play outside the rules.

To read the full story in The California, please click on our headline.

Saturday, January 21, 2006

Salinas High School Placed On Probation

The High School Football Huddle is all about promoting the sport, but every so often, we have to tell the bad side.

Central Coast Section officials have come down hard on not only the Salinas High School football team, but the school's entire athletic program. The football program has been slapped with penalties that will keep it out of the playoffs for two years, and all of Salinas' other sports program will not be allowed to participate in CCS playoffs for one year.

Here's a list of some incidents that have occured over the past two years that put Salinas in the spotlight:

In 2003, a boys basketball player was reprimanded for unsportsmanlike behavior in a playoff game against Serra.

In 2004, a Salinas High football player assaulted a Live Oak High official on the field after a game.

In August, an unauthorized commercial was filmed using seven Salinas High football players on the Salinas High football field, a violation of California Interscholastic Federation bylaws.

In October, two Salinas football players were ejected from a game at Benicia.

In November, a football player was caught with a false address, resulting in his being declared ineligible and the team having to forfeit five games.

In late November, the Salinas girls cross country team had to forfeit a league title because of an ineligible player.

Since November, about 250 students have been investigated for fraudulent addresses.

In a letter sent to Salinas High on Friday, the hearing committee wrote: "The myriad of incidents involving the SHS football program in the past few years are of grave concern. The number of incidents is of concern but also the breadth of issues across so many different rules. The infractions in the football program reflect a lack of leadership, a skewed perspective on the role of football in the educational context of a high school, and an inability to respond appropriately to situations occurring within the program itself.''

After reading the above quote, you'd think that head football coach Mark Ironside would be on the outside looking in. Well that's not the case, at least as of now. As of Friday, Salinas principal John Macias said Ironside was still the coach.

The High School Football Huddle applauds the CCS officials for such a strong stand. Yes, some could look at this as one bad apple spoiling the whole bunch, but in the case of Salinas High, it seems like there are a whole lot of bad apples in the barrel. Yes there are innocent kids that are going to be hurt by this decision, but hopefully this will allow the truely good and innocent at Salinas a chance to step-up and clean-up.

To read more on the story, please click on our headline to check-out the article at california online, please click our headline "Salinas High School Placed On Probation
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