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November 5, 2021 12:21AM . I also think theyre going to take away the passion that Bo, Omar, Hayden, Jagger (Wiesen) play with, Henney said, and try and continue that to start a real tradition of having competitive football program at Dana Hills.. Varsity Football Chris Dunham Oct 7 Varsity Football Linda Slajer Oct 2 Varsity Football Linda Slajer Oct 2 You could tell that they wanted to be good at this, and it was something that meant something to them. Next week, El Modena takes on Villa Park while San Juan Hills plays at Tesoro. But while Lester admits that his staff does most of the coaching, many final decisions rest on his shoulders. I think were good, Mitchell said. . Nobody imagined the talented quarterback would have his arm broken from a second-quarter tackle and be lost for the rest of the season. Snitzler surrendered to police about 8:45 p.m., Amat said. Varsity Football I dont know if you can ask for any more. A strong Vanguard team in 1978 had lost its only game of the season to Edison. Ive probably spent literally years watching film.. Guess scored on a weaving-through-the-middle run of 28 yards to stretch the advantage to 21-6 early in the fourth quarter. Lester began his coaching career at La Veta High in Colorado in 1956, where he spent four seasons before moving to Colorados Salido High for two years. . In his eight years coaching at Ocean View, Gibbons led the Seahawks to three Sunset League championships since 1985, and guided the team at least as far as the Southern Section quarterfinals every year since 1983. It was this kind of stress that Lester acknowledged as the main reason he decided to resign Tuesday, after compiling a 157-58-8 record and winning three Southern Conference championships in two decades at the school. If they remember it at all, the Chargers recall how hot and oppressive it felt as their bus pulled into Orange, and how tiny the visitors quarters at Fred Kelly seemed. We knew he was a skilled kid, but we really hadnt worked with him. We sat down every day during our office period and bounced things off each other. Dana Hills needed a stop to win its first playoff game since 2009, but El Modena needed just four plays to earn the win. Bill Gibbons is like a living legend around here, he said. If winning was unlikely, winning in the absence of Frasco was unthinkable. El Modena dominated the first half, yards-wise, 201 yards of offense to Villa Parks 61, but had a lead of only 7-3 at halftime. El Modena High School Orange, CA Coach Bios Michael Myers Offensive Line Sean Fryer Coach (714) 454-3331 El Modena Head Girls Lacrosse Richard Garcia Coach 1 (714) 875-9121 El Modena Freshman coach 10th season Samuel Sepulveda Coach (714) 724-3373 Aaron Shahrestani Coach (Photo by Paul Rodriguez, Contributing Photographer), Villa Park quarterback Vince Lagatta, left, gets rid of the ball as El Modena defensive tackle Shane Whitehill, center, and outside linebacker Kyle Medel close in during the first quarter of a non-league football game in Orange on Thursday, September 29, 2022. Basically, I was the young guy coming in and I dont think they wanted to hurt the future. All League 1st Team DB (2005) With all that hard work I was able to play with the Bills and learn from top guys like Stefan diggs and Gabe Davis. He dodged out to the 20-yard line, where he was hit by an Edison safety. 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Villa Park running back Ethan Fraser is stopped cold by El Modenas Brodie Hitchens, left, Mayson Hitchens, top center, and Esteban Choucair, right, in a non-league football game in Orange on Thursday, September 29, 2022. Email at El Modena coach Matt Mitchell considered San Juan Hills (0-6) his team's "first challenge" so far but his team easily passed. Ask Bob Lester, Vanguard coach. When Edisons Dino Bell fumbled the kick-off, El Modena simply held on to the ball for the victory. We ask that you consider turning off your ad blocker so we can deliver you the best experience possible while you are here. He compiles the Hot 150 list of football players to watch in Orange County before each season. El Modena sophomore quarterback Xzavior Guess completed 12 of 16 passes for 161 yards and two touchdowns. Santa Ana College (2007) Theyve been playing hard and together as a group. Personalized, one-on-one instruction is the secret to improved skills and increased confidence. (Photo by Paul Rodriguez, Contributing Photographer), San Juan Hills quarterback Michael Butter Tollefson looks to fire a pass against El Modena in a non-league football game in San Juan Capistrano on Friday, September 23, 2022. @ElModenaHS @emfb_mitchell @cespybaseball . Steve Barrett, Ocean Views baseball coach, knows the feeling. The only problem I was feeling was that we always expected so much success at El Modena, Backstrom said. (Photo by Paul Rodriguez, Contributing Photographer), El Modena running back Owen Smith, center, pushes past the Villa Park defense for a big gain in a non-league football game in Orange on Thursday, September 29, 2022. His career record at El Modena was 157-58-8. If it did, he masked it well with his sense of humor. . His brother, Dave, an all-county offensive guard and the senior class president, said, It was comparable to the Raiders playing somebody like the New Orlean Saints.. El Modena ran the ball 51 times to gain a total of 273 yards, but Dana Hills made them earn every yard on lengthy drives. The Vanguards went to their ground game to toil through a 14-play, 91-yard, seven-minute drive to retake the lead, 10-7, in the second quarter, but not for long. @bokellyy @omarjayeblack1, Dana Hills leads El Modena, 7-3, 6:37 1Q, CIF-SS D5. I dont think it wasnt until the fourth of fifth game of the season that I could actually smile.. It was a team yearning to be coached, Henney said. Smith snuck behind coverage to pull in a 31-yard pass in the end zone for a touchdown and a 28-6 lead. That wealth of knowledge, thats what I miss the most, though he still comes over and talks to us sometimes. You have to give the other team credit for that.. After spending 11 years as his assistant, Bill Backstrom replaced Bob Lester as El Modena football coach in 1985. As the fog descended upon Fred Kelly Stadium, Dana Hills went blow-for-blow against a physical and tested El Modena squad. I hate to see it go, but you know it has to happen. it was bad karma, said Scott Strosnider, a starter on the 1979 Edison team. Time kept rolling and the half ended. Before the game, Lester had grimly predicted, "We don't. Bob is kind of a classic guy, and his resignation is a loss for Orange County football.. The Vanguards stingy defense almost recorded the shutout but San Juan Hills Sullivan Land scored on a 6-yard TD run with 55 seconds left in the fourth. Bell carried the Chargers 53 yards on seven carries, and Edison was in front, 27-22, three minutes later when Seurer ran the ball in from the one. Kelly Bills is in his second season as Dixie State's offensive coordinator. 866-495-5172. Sign up for free Patch newsletters and alerts. Steve's first byline appeared in the Register in 1979. (Photo by Paul Rodriguez, Contributing Photographer) Villa Park quarterback Vince Lagatta, left, rolls out of the pocket as he is chased and taken down by El Modena defensive . (Photo by Paul Rodriguez, Contributing Photographer), El Modena quarterback Xzavior Guess, left, pushes San Juan Hills defensive back Ryan Haghani away as he takes the ball for a gain in a non-league football game in San Juan Capistrano on Friday, September 23, 2022. Gardening Stuff & Plant cuttings Exchange Feb 11th Irvine Great Park. (Photo by Paul Rodriguez, Contributing Photographer), San Juan Hills fans get ready for the game against El Modena in San Juan Capistrano on Friday, September 23, 2022. Located in an unincorporated area between Tustin and Orange,. I want to do some of the things I havent done in 30 years, such as hunt in the fall, take a full summer off, not excrete so much stomach acid in the fall . (Photo by Paul Rodriguez, Contributing Photographer), The San Juan Hills dance team gives a preview of the halftime show before the start of the game against El Modena in San Juan Capistrano on Friday, September 23, 2022. I just tried to hide it.. In overtime, Dana Hills got hit with one more holding penalty to stall their one extra possession. We keep preaching get to the ball and play as a team and thats what we did tonight.. So far under Barrett the Seahawks are 12-4 overall and lead the Sunset League with a 4-1 record. During his first year as the OC, the Trailblazers averaged 421 yards of total offense, including nearly 300 ypg in the air, and 31.4 ppg. For the team with the broken-armed quarterback, the mascot that waddles, the set of identical triplets on the line and a 20-pound disadvantage at nearly every position, Sept. 29th still marks the best of the good times. How good are the Vanguards? CIF-SS Division 5 first round. It was a different scenario than Ive been in. Dana Hills remained in front thanks to an enormous defensive play by Dendiu. The Vanguards finished with 209 yards rushing mostly behind left tackle Grant Walker, left guard Roman Lira, center Anthony Lopez, right guard Michael Anaya and Washington-committed right tackle Elishah Jackett. None of the 6,500 people who sat transfixed in Fred Kelly Stadium will ever forget it, either. Doug Rozsa remembers that El Modena had been selected to finish fourth in the Century League in 1979. This coach is unavailable to take clients at this time. (Photo by Paul Rodriguez, Contributing Photographer). Linebacker Weston Port contributed to two sacks to help lead the Stallions defense. Coach Esperanza also attended the clinic to learn more about the game of football! You cant put words to how I feel. Its not that it hasnt been a marvelous experience--it certainly has--but Im getting more selfish with my time. 3920 E. Spring Street, Orange, CA 92869 714-997-6331, For questions regarding the El Modena Football Program and getting signed up, please contact Head Varsity Coach Matt Mitchell at, For questions regarding the El Modena Football Freshman team, please contact Freshman Head Coach Chris Esperanzaat, For questions regarding the El Modena Football Boosters and to join our weekly mailing list, please contact Football Boosters President Linda Manionat. Ledesma rallied the Vanguards with less than two minutes to go, and he won the unwinnable game on a nine-yard pass to wide receiver Scott Buehler with 50 seconds left. (Photo by Paul Rodriguez, Contributing Photographer), El Modena quarterback Xzavior Guess changes direction to get away from San Juan Hills defenders in a non-league football game in San Juan Capistrano on Friday, September 23, 2022. La Veta High School (Colo.): 24-12-2 (1956-59), Salido High School (Colo.): 15-6 (1960-61), Duarte High School (Calif.): 17-10 (1963-66). When you had a quality quarterback like Frasco, you probably ignored some of the back-ups.. In the first quarter, Kellys first touchdown pass to Black was a 68-yard screen pass that put the Dolphins ahead, 7-3, four plays after El Modenas opening field goal. In that time, Errion led Corona del Mar to three Southern Section championship games, of which the school won two. . It was a sensitive situation.. Going forward, this Dolphin team may have changed the path of the Dana Hills football program. (Photo by Paul Rodriguez, Contributing Photographer), El Modena quarterback Xzavior Guess, center, sprints through a hole in the Villa Park defense in a non-league football game in Orange on Thursday, September 29, 2022. He was honored as a Jim Staunton Champion for Character by the CIF-Southern Section in 2017. El Modena HS Varsity Football. El Modena had to string together a 13-play drive to get back in front, 17-14, and the Dolphins responded on the next drive to tie the score, 17-17, on a 34-yard field goal by senior Kian Afrookhteh. Im serious. A week ago last Monday, Jamison's wife, Savannah . Steve was honored as Champion for Character by the CIF-Southern Section. But Rush, who had been an assistant to Crow for 10 years, said the pressure was minimal, if any. ORANGE - El Modena coaches tried the "it's just another game" approach to Thursday's football contest against Villa Park. I am married with 3 children & 1 grandchild. That lasted about a minute and a half, Lester said. Its tough love (to get ready for league and CIF).. Choucair and linebacker Owen Smith, who were both All-CIF selections last season, and linebackers Brodie Hitchens and Kyle Medel and lineman Davian Ceballos were among the many contributors to another fine defensive effort by the Vanguards. Some people thought it was funny that Lester would even have the audacity to mention winning. I have a passion for playing the WR position and you will get the very best from me. (Photo by Paul Rodriguez, Contributing Photographer), El Modena running back Owen Smith (5) almost breaks away from San Juan Hills defensive back Isaiah Bennett who pushes him out of bounds in a non-league football game in San Juan Capistrano on Friday, September 23, 2022. Subscriptions Photo: Zach Cavanagh. In the end, the ultimate responsibility comes back to me, Lester said. For less than the cost of a couple of cups of coffee a month, become an Insider member and continue to get Local News You Can Use from the only independently owned, dedicated local news organization in South Orange County. In March, Snitzler was accused of engaging in a sexual relationship with the student, according to Rackauckas. He specializes in football and all the aquatics but covers many different sports. 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(Photo by Paul Rodriguez, Contributing Photographer), El Modena running back Owen Smith turns the corner and sprints up field against San Juan Hills in a non-league football game in San Juan Capistrano on Friday, September 23, 2022. 13 in the Orange County Top 25. Dana Hills defense stepped up to force a grinding game from El Modena, but despite a field goal on the Dolphins overtime possession, the Vanguards found the end zone to capture the win, 23-20, in a CIF-SS Division 5 first round game on Thursday, Nov. 4. Offensive Coordinator / Quarterbacks Coach. (Photo by Paul Rodriguez, Contributing Photographer), An El Modena cheerleader entertains the crowd with a series of flips before the start of the game against Villa Park in Orange on Thursday, September 29, 2022. McWhinney, who two weeks ago was hired to replace Jerry Howell as football coach at Foothill High School, accepted his first head coaching job 20 years ago at El Rancho High School in Pico Rivera.