2012, Week 8: Twice in 102 Years for Army-Navy!

The chapter on football would be very thin in the history of the Army and Navy Academy and its history goes back to 1910.

They turn out soldiers and sailors at the boarding school on Highway 101 in Carlsbad.

So old and new Warriors have snapped to attention.  Coach Frank Henry’s Cadets improved their season record to 8-0 with a 62-3 victory over The Rock and remained tied for first place with Tri-City Christian in the Pacific League.

Army-Navy has been 8-0 once before, in 1990, under legendary coach John Maffucci, but finished 8-1 after a 37-27 loss to Holtville in the Division I championship.    The Warriors were 7-1 and won the San Diego Section small schools championship  in 1972.

An   8-2-1 season in 1998 under Damian Gonzalez, now the head coach at Poway,  included a 41-13 loss to The Bishop’s in the IV title game, and a 9-3 season under Bert Ford in 2008 was marked by a 63-7 loss to Francis Parker in the V championship.

A-N and Tri-City will decide the Pacific champion  in the final regular-season game in two weeks.


Olympian defeated Chula Vista 45-31 to improve to 8-0 and remain the only other unbeaten San Diego Section team.   Grossmont dropped out of the undefeated ranks with a 39-28 loss to Valhalla

Olympian coach Gil Warren is no stranger to 8-0.  He won his first eight games Castle Park in 1969 and ’74, and at Olympian in ’09.


Escondido’s Hector Espinosa toed a 36-yard field goal with three seconds left to give Escondido a 27-24 victory over Otay Ranch.  With the casual aplomb of an NFL kicker, Espinsosa raised his arms signaling the winning kick as soon as his foot met the ball.


Andrell  Snowden rushed for 319 yards and three touchdowns in 15 carries in Olympian’s victory over Chula Vista…Snowden started the season behind Manny Montano,  who returns next week from an early-season injury…Serra is moving toward a championship in the new City League…the Conquistadors, who topped San Diego 35-7, last won a title in the Eastern League in 2008…Oceanside and La Costa Canyon, 1-2 in the UT-San Diego poll, meet for the Avocado League West marbles next week…”The kids were not allowed to use the word Oceanside all week,” Canyon coach Sean Sovacool told  writer Terry Monahan after a 21-0 victory over Vista…UT-San Diego contributor Jim Lindgren liked the old-school bermuda grass field and double posted, wooden uprights at Mar Vista, where the Mariners won their 12th consecutive Metro South Bay League game since 2009 by beating San Ysidro 48-3.


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