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2015: Billy Casper’s Mark as Chula Vista Student

Rick : February 10, 2015 3:57 pm : Football

Billy Casper, who passed away recently at age 83, was not only a Hall of Fame golfer as a professional but  also made his mark as a student  at Chula Vista High.

Casper was runner-up as a sophomore, champion as a junior, and runner-up as a senior in the CIF Southern Section golf championships from 1948-50.

Casper won the individual title in 1949  by shooting a 73 and winning in a sudden death playoff at Montebello Country Club.

Casper was named as one of the CIF Southern Section’s 100 greatest athletes when the organization celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2013.

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1972:  Usurped By…Basketball?

Rick : February 7, 2015 1:51 pm : Football

Several Eastern League schools found themselves locked out of playing sites by, get this, the San Diego Conquistadors of the American Basketball Association.

The preps, in keeping with years of tradition, thought Aztec Bowl was reserved for them for games Oct. 13, 20, and 27.

Trouble was those were  the same nights the Q’s were playing at Peterson Gym.

Hoover, Patrick Henry, Crawford, Morse, and St. Augustine were out of luck.

Since Peterson Gym and Aztec Bowl share the same parking lot, San Diego State officials declared they would not allow prep football and pro basketball games to be held simultaneously.

The basketball Q’s were a few steps ahead of the apparently sonambulant city schools and made arrangements first.  Grossmont College also snared football dates for home games at Aztec Bowl.

“Everybody thought somebody was taking care of the contracts, but nobody did,” said a San Diego State spokesman.

San Diego Section commissioner Don Clarkson was blamed for the scheduling lapse.

Scheduling was Clarkson’s responsibility when he also held the post of Supervisor of Secondary athletics for the City Schools.

Clarkson said that he had retired from the supervising gig and that he had notified schools that they would have to make their own arrangements for playing facilities.

Eastern League athletic  directors were contacted but claimed they never received such notification.

Nearby College area homeowners long had complained about traffic, vandalism,and other problems involving events at the venues.

After some scrambling and  finger pointing the schools  found alternate sites.


Sweetwater and Castle Park rolled in the dirt in a South Bay imbroglio that matched coaches who were close friends and college teammates.

Lay and Warren were old friends.

Lay and Warren played together.

That Dave Lay’s Red Devils defeated Gil Warren’s Trojans, 20-14, almost was forgotten in the frenzy of a mini riot.

As Castle quarterback Don Bohnstein moved his team toward a game-leading touchdown in the fourth quarter, another of several skirmishes that earlier had taken place in the stands spilled onto the track surrounding the Castle Park gridiron.

Will Watson of The San Diego Union estimated that as many as 200 persons were involved and that they almost reached the end zone to which the Trojans were marching.


Police were summoned and 13 squad cars and a helicopter responded, including three Highway Patrol vehicles and a police van.

Watson reported that the mob got closer to the end zone than the Trojans, who reached the eight-yard line before Bohnstein was sacked for a 13-yard loss.

The Red Devils’ Leroy Brown acquired a nickname and knocked out the Trojans with touchdown runs of 10, 38, and 70 yards.


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2014-15: Torrey Pines Keeps Winning

Rick : February 3, 2015 2:41 pm : Football

The world is Torrey Pines’ oyster, for now.

Coach John Olive’s Falcons completed an 8-0 January and have a 10-game winning streak as they visit Rancho Bernardo tonight.

The 21-2 Falcons have six remaining regular-season games against teams with a combined record of 61-65.

None of those  opponents, Rancho Bernardo, twice (11-9), Mt. Carmel (12-10), Poway (13-9), Westview (8-14), and Canyon crest (6-14), will  be favored.

The Falcons had  December losses of 64-47 to Brooklyn Jefferson and 51-49 to El Camino. The Del Mar school has a 46.30 power rating in Division I, with El Camino (17-4)  at 46.24 and San Marcos (20-1) at 46.14.

Win out and Torrey Pines should claim a No. 1 seed.

There are no San Diego teams in Cal-Hi Sports’ state top 20  this week.  The Falcons are 24th as selected by Max Preps.

UT-San Diego poll #7:

# Team (1st place votes) W-L Points* Previous
1 Torrey Pines (8) 21-2 107 1
2 Foothills Christian (3) 15-7* 99 2
3 La Costa Canyon 15-6 84 3
4 San Marcos 20-1 81 4
5 Army-Navy 18-4 56 5
6 El Camino 17-4 54 6
7 Mission Bay 16-1 37 7
8 Francis Parker 14-5 36 8
9 Morse 18-5 26 9
10 St. Augustine 17-6 17 `0

*Awarded on 10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 basis.  *Includes two forfeits.

Others receiving votes: Cathedral (12-7), 6; Escondido (13-7), 2; The Bishop’s (13-6), Grossmont (17-3), 1 each.

Eleven San Diego County sportswriters and broadcasters, and a CIF San Diego Section representative vote each week. The panel includes John Maffei and Kirk Kenney (UT-San Diego), Terry Monahan (UT-San Diego correspondent), Bill Dickens (, Steve Brand (San Diego Hall of Champions), John Labeta (CIF San Diego Section), Bodie DeSilva (, Aaron Burgin (, Rick Willis (KUSI Chl. 51), Rick Smith (, Drew Willis (

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1998: Helix’s Outstanding Stretch Drive

Rick : January 26, 2015 5:18 pm : Football

Helix’ run to the San Diego Section Division II title represented what may have been the finest coaching job in Jim Arnaiz’s 27-season career.

The Highlanders were an indistinct 4-2-3  when they began their run.

–They improved to 5-2-3 and clinched second place in the Grossmont South with a 27-7 victory over Granite Hills, the victim of Arnaiz’ 200th career win.

–The Highlanders won their first playoff game but not before they trailed by 13 points in the first half and withstood a 328-yard, 3-touchdown passing performance by Scripps Ranch’s Corey Kroviak.

Jason (Moving) Van bailed out the Scots in the 29-26 triumph with second-half touchdown runs of 12, 4, and 79 yards.

“Number 201 was not easy,” said Arnaiz, “but we’re not worried about how many wins coach Arnaiz has anymore.  Right now we’re on a mission, a mission to get to the Q (Qualcomm Stadium, site of the finals)”

3–Helix improved to 7-2-3 in the  quarterfinals with a 27-24, double overtime  win over tough Monte Vista, which had beaten the Highlanders, 15-7 in the regular season.

Arnaiz made a risky but defining decision in the second overtime.  Go for  tying field goal on fourth down or go for the victory.

The coach let his players make the call and Van pounded in the winning touchdown from the four-yard line.

“It’s what they (his players) wanted to do,” said Arnaiz, adding that “you could  play overtime all night against those guys.”

After a regulation-game tie of 14-14, the teams traded touchdowns, necessitating a second overtime.  Monte Vista went ahead, 24-21, kicking a field goal after coming up short on fourth down at the 2.

“I had to get it in,” said Van of his game-winner.  “That was all I was thinking.  I just had to get it in.”

4-5–The road appeared to get a little easier but still ahead were hard-fought, successive victories of 14-7 over Castle Park in the semifinals and 19-7  over Chula Vista in the  championship as  Van ran the Highlanders to the title.

Van was mobbed by family and teammates after 264-yard, 3-touchdown night.

Van was mobbed by family and teammates after 264-yard, 3-touchdown night.

The 9-2-3 record was not close to being the best but maybe it represented the most satisfying in Arnaiz’ career.

“We started the season as a medium-ranked team in San Diego County,” said Arnaiz.  “We followed our mantra of “good, better, best”, and sure enough we got better each week.”

“Jason Van was a solid running back for us and our quarterback was a good athlete.  We had a good defense and our kicking game was solid.”

Arnaiz, not one for hyperbole, could have been revealing the DNA of one of his typical Helix squads.


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2015: John Kovac, Started Mesa College Football Program

Rick : January 14, 2015 9:46 am : Football

John Kovac, the first head  football coach at Mesa College and coach of Coronado’s 1955-56 Southern California basketball championship team, passed away at age 89.

Services for Kovac, who moved from San Diego to Palm Springs in October, will be Jan. 20 at St. Brigit’s Parish, Pacific Beach, on Jan. 20 at 11 a.m.

Kovac opened the Mesa program in 1964 and posted a 30-14-2 record until he stepped down to become the college’s athletic director after the 1968 season.

Kovac (right) and track coach Dick Coxe (left) honored track's Sterling Jenkins and football's Richard (Prime) McClendon at San Diego Junior College's 1963 fall sports awards banquet.

Kovac (right) and track coach Dick Coxe (left) honored track’s Sterling Jenkins and football’s Richard (Prime) McClendon at San Diego Junior College’s 1963 fall sports awards banquet.

The 1966 Olympians squad posted a 9-1 record and scored a 12-0 victory over San Bernardino Valley in the Elks Bowl game in the Northern city.

Kovac succeeded George Schutte as head coach at San Diego Junior College and his teams were 11-15-1 from 1961-63.

Kovac was a graduate of Penn State University and was the freshman coach at Penn State for future NFL Hall of Famer Lennie Moore and future Pro Bowl defensive lineman Roosevelt Grier.

Kovac’s first coaching position was as  basketball coach at Coronado High.  From 1953-56 his teams posted a record of 63 wins and 15 losses, going 15-8, 21-4, and 27-1, respectively.

The Islanders were the first County team to score at least 100 points in a game when they routed Rancho del Campo, 103-34, in 1953.

Coronado reached the Southern California small schools finals in 1954-55 but was beaten, by Azusa Citrus, 63-58, in front of more than 2,000 persons at Point Loma High.

Kovac’s small, quick Islanders won a championship rematch, 60-54, before another turnaway crowd of 2,300 at Azusa in the 1955-56 season.

Coronado, whose tallest player was 6-foot, 1-inch Roger Nix,  held Citrus star Billy Kilmer to 19 points, several points below his school-record average, and outplayed the Cougars’ starting five, which averaged 6-foot-3.

The Islanders’ only defeat that season was an early December decision, 49-45, to Hoover, which posted a 25-5 record and was the third-place finisher in the Southern California large-school playoffs.


Bob Lusky, who played on Chula Vista’s 1953 and ’54 Southern California small schools champions that had a combined, 23-1 record.

Lusky was all-Metropolitan League in football and baseball for the Spartans and pitched for San Diego State’s 1958 National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics championship squad.

Lusky taught and coached many years in the South Bay and at Palomar College in San Marcos.


Bob Wueste held the Carlsbad High single-game scoring record of 40 points for several years and was a standout on coach Dimitri Poradowski’s 1961-62 squad that posted a 15-4 record and tied for first in the Palomar League.

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2015: Carberry Makes 40, 100-Game Winners

Rick : January 13, 2015 8:37 am : Football

An error in compilation of our list of coaches with at least 100 career victories omitted a 40th member of that club.

Monte Vista’s Ed Carberry posted a 100-59-3 record in 14 seasons, with a .626 winning percentage.

Carberry became the Monarchs’ coach in 1989 and was 72-51-2 through 1999.  Page Culver coached the Spring Valley team in 2000. Carberry returned in 2001 and closed with a 28-8-1 mark through 2003 and then moved on to Southwestern College.

Carberry’s teams won seven league championships and two San Diego Section titles in three appearances.  He is the fifth coach from the East County to win 100 games.

Helix’ Jim Arnaiz was 213-77-11 (.726) from 1973-99,  Steve Sutton, 131-91-1 (.587) from 1989-2010 at West Hills and Valhalla, Matt Oliver, 128-56-3 (.693) from 1999-02 and 2004-14 at Christian, and Ladimir (Jack) Mashin, 125-66-19 (.640) from 1923-47 at Grossmont.

Oliver is the only coach from the East County group still active.

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1997: Gender Doesn’t Matter

Rick : January 4, 2015 12:30 pm : Football

Jason Bott of the Union-Tribune said it best: “Sometimes the best man for the job is a woman.”

Her name is Andy Wharton and she hammered a 19-yard field goal with nine seconds left in the game to give West Hills a 31-28 victory over Serra.

Andy Wharton's kick saved the Wolfpack.

Andy Wharton’s kick made difference for  Wolfpack.

“I thought the play was stopped,” said Wharton, “but when I saw it wasn’t I just hoped it went through.”

Wharton split the uprights.  No surprise to Wolf Pack coach Steve Sutton.

“She’s a pressure player and has been in situations like this before (in other sports), but not like this with a football game on the line,” said Sutton.

Quarterback Lon Sheriff also helped, throwing for 311 yards and two touchdowns.


The 21-21 Division I title tie did not sit well with Torrey Pines coach Ed Burke or Vista’s Steve Silberman. “I feel bad for the kids,” Burke said to writer Steve Brand, “because this hasn’t been resolved.”

“Nobody likes a tie–they don’t and we don’t,” said Silberman.

San Diego Section rules are that ties cannot be broken in championship games.  Overtime tie-breakers are only for elimination purposes in the earlier rounds.

Point Loma and El Camino tied, 6-6, in 1982 and no one was happy with that either.


Rain-soaked fields turned to mush in the playoff semifinals, highlighted by driving rainstors in various County locales.

Desert visitor Imperial couldn’t handle the conditions in a 41-14, D-IV loss to Marian Catholic, whose Mike Davies returned a kickoff 85 yards for a score, rushed for touchdowns of 66, and 70 yards, and accounted for more than 300 yards.

The mud also was just fine for Vista, which defeated Chula Vista, 25-0, as the Panthers’ Pisa Tinoisamoa rushed for 208 yards and sidekick Adrian Waddy added 85.

Chula Vista defenders struggled to bring down Vista's hard-knocking Pisa Tinoisamoa.

Chula Vista defenders struggled to bring down Vista’s hard-knocking Pisa Tinoisamoa.


Running up the Score.  A.k.a, piling on.

It’s unpleasant and old as the game itself, from peewees to the pros.

What happened this season was remindful of a San Diego Chargers game against Denver in 1963.

The Chargers led, 56-20, after scoring a touchdown in the game’s final minutes.

Instead of maintaining and kicking for the extra point, Chargers coach Sid Gillman instructed quarterback John Hadl to pursue a two-point conversion.

Hadl passed complete to Earl Faison, a defensive end lined up as a blocker and eligible receiver on the special teams unit.


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2014: Hamamoto (200), Jackson (100) Hit Milestones

Rick : December 24, 2014 7:50 am : Football

Like mile markers on the interstate, coaching victories progress at their own pace and gradually add up.

Monte Vista’s Ron Hamamoto became the eighth  to win 200 games this season and Madison’s Rick Jackson was the 39th to reach 100.

Hamamoto (201-127-4), a 30-year veteran of San Diego high school wars, was at University (Cathedral), Rancho Bernardo, and Lincoln before moving to Monte Vista in 2012.

Jackson (100-31-3) has averaged 9.2 wins in 11 seasons at Madison and his .761 winning percentage is second only to John Carroll’s .765.  The late Birt Slater of Kearny had a .753 percentage for third.

Carroll moved past Bennie Edens this season and now has 248 victories, 91 less than all-time leader Herb Meyers.  Carroll could catch Meyers in nine seasons if he continued to average 9.5 victories a year as he has done in the 26 he’s been at Oceanside.,

See the complete “Coach 100 Club” list under the “Football” menu item.


Oceanside’s loss to Folsom in the State D-I championship resulted in the Pirates’ dropping from fifth to 10th in the final Cal-Hi Sports list of the state’s top 25 teams.

El Capitan fell from 16th to 22nd, Helix from 22nd to 23rd, and Cathedral remained 25th.

Concord De La Salle, which defeated Corona Centennial, 63-42, in the Open Division championship, was first and Folsom second.

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2014: Week 16: Disaster!

Rick : December 20, 2014 7:03 pm : Football

Oh, my!

This had to be the worst weekend of football in San Diego County prep history.

Two state championship games, one a devastating blowout, the other an almost certain victory flushed in the final two minutes.

If John Carroll was thinking of retiring, and we have no idea what he’s thinking, would the great Oceanside coach  want to go out with such a stain on his legacy?

That stain was an astonishing, 68-7 loss to Folsom in the D-I championship, a loss made more incongruous in that the Pirates actually were the first team to score.

Oceanside went in front, 7-0,  on the game’s opening drive, the first time all season that its 16-0 opponent had been behind.


El Capitan seemed comfortable in the favorite’s role as it stunned Moraga Campolindo for three, third-quarter touchdowns and  a 28-7 lead.

Campolindo battled back to tie the game but El Cap appeared ready to go in for the  winning touchdown or field goal when a fumble on  the 10-yard line  was recovered by the Cougars.

The result of the fumble recovery was a surreal, 90-yard run to the house that ended El Capitan’s hopes for a 15-0 season.

Final score, Campolindo 35, El Cap 28.

“You never know which way the ball’s going to bounce,” said Vaqueros quarterback Brad Cagle, who finished the game with a broken bone in his foot.  “That’s why they make it the shape that it is.”

Cagle was visiting with Kirk Kenney of UT-San Diego.

Kinney’s colleagues, the newspaper’s two North County reporters, left the Carson StubHub Center post-haste the night before after the Oceanside destruction.

John Maffei covered the North County basketball tournament yesterday and Terry Monahan was at Serra High, watching the Girls’ Kiwanis Tournament.

The football season had ended with a resounding thud.

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2014 Week 15-16: San Diego Teams Face High Scorers

Rick : December 14, 2014 2:06 pm : Football

Oceanside and El Capitan forged a Division I & III parlay into the state championships with convincing victories in the Southern California regional playoffs but now will take on two, explosive 15-0 teams  this week in Carson.

Oceanside (14-0) ran Central Section champion Fresno Edison off the field, 30-6  at halftime, and cruised, 37-22, last week, while El Capitan (14-0) overcame a slow start with 28 second-quarter points in a 41-0 victory over Paso Robles of the Southern Section.

Both San Diego teams can put up  points, El Cap averaging 38 and Oceanside 33, but they’ll be facing almost unprecedented firepower.

Moraga Campolindo of the North Coast Section, which averaged 46.7 points and scored 701 total, will meet El Capitan in D-III Saturday at Noon at the StubHub Center.

Oceanside faces the most daunting task as it seeks a third state championship against Folsom Friday night at 8.Folsom logo

The Bulldogs  scored 847 points, averaged 56.5 (San Diego observers saw a preview in a 55-10, opening-game Honor Bowl victory over Cathedral), and rolls with quarterback Jake Browning, who has thrown for 85 touchdowns.

That’s 85 for the year, not his career.

Browning’s three-season total is 223 and he’ll be aiming for at least a tie for the national record of 91 in one season, set by Corey Robinson of Lone Oak High in Paducah, Kentucky,  in 2010.

With apologies to  Johnny Cash and his 1956 hit, “Folsom Prison Blues,” Oceanside is going to “hear the train a comin'”, but coach John Carroll’s seasoned and tough Pirates make this game the attractive as any of the weekend.


Folsom ranks third and Oceanside fifth in Cal-Hi Sports‘ latest ratings.  The computer service gives Folsom a 71 rating and Oceanside 65.9.

Campolindo logoEl Capitan would seem to be the favorite against Campolindo, with a 59.5 rating to the Cougars’ 49.7.

Cal-Hi‘s No. 1 (13-0 Concord De La Salle) and 2 (12-2 Corona Centennial) teams will meet in the Open Division championship.

North Coast champion  De La Salle has a 71.3 rating.  Centennial is at 76.8 but has a 43-42 loss to national No. 1 Las Vegas Gorman and 28-18 defeat by Santa Ana Mater Dei, which the Huskies topped in a Southern Section playoff rematch, 27-24.

Division II pairs the Southern Section’s Redlands East Valley, 14-1 with a 51.2 grade,  against the North Coast’s Concord Clayton Valley, 15-0 and 54.9, respectively.

San Juan Capistrano St. Margaret, which eliminated Christian, 48-21, in the regional last week, takes a 15-0 record and 31.8 computer rating against Modesto Central Catholic, 11-3 and 41.4 in D-IV.

Central Catholic won a division mismatch in 2012, routing Santa Fe Christian, 66-7.

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  1. John Carter says:

    I just read about this website from this morning’s paper in Nick’s column, what a great find! I played on Kearny’s 1973 undefeated CIF Champioship team, and our 1973-74 basketball team was undefeated and CIF champions as well. I’ve always wondered if there has ever been a year where both football and basketball teams were undefeated and champions in San Diego County history? Thank you for all your work with high school sports history over the years!

    • Rick says:

      I thanked Nick. And I thank you. I don’t think there have been undefeated football and basketball teams at the same school.
      It’s just too tough a double. Undefeated football teams are more common. I’ll do some research.

  2. Buzz Ponce says:

    Interesting overview on St. Augustine for this upcoming season. Frank Buncom IV, however, is a cornerback, not a linebacker. His grandfather, as I know you are aware, was the original number 55 for the San Diego Chargers and is in the team’s Hall of Fame. Very interestingly, the other iconic number 55 for the Chargers — Junior Seau — has a nephew on St. Augustine’s team that also plays linebacker. Quinn Seau and Buncom IV have roots that parallel the greats in Chargers history. You can read a chapter on Buncom IV and Quinn Seau’s similarities in my book, “Finding Frank: Full Circle in a Life Cut Short.”

    • Rick says:

      I missed on Buncom IV’s position, but I don’t think he’s a cornerback. He’s more of a “monster” in that he’s all over the field, almost a strong safety. I’ve heard of your book. I also interviewed Frank Buncom, Jr., after Chargers games when I was a sports writer at the Evening Tribune. Nice man. Tragic ending.

  3. holly bryant says:

    1978 — Dan Henson was the coach at Christian
    2007 — Grossmont was 2-1 for 2nd place (West Hills was 3-0)

    • Rick says:

      Thank you for the info on Christian’s coach in 1978.. I could not find coaching listings for some schools in late seventies, as the CIF San Diego office does not have directories for those years. I also corrected the Grossmont-West Hills standings. For some reason the 5 teams in the Grossmont North played only three league games instead of four, so there’s no round-robin format.

  4. Absolutely awesome site. I just discovered it by accident right now. Love it. I am 2nd generation born, raised, played and coached in the South Bay of San Diego. I have always loved the CIF-SDS history. I’ll be spending a lot of time (I already have spent a lot) surfing this site.
    Thank you,

    Justin J. Schaeffer
    Resource Teacher
    Head Football Coach
    Murrieta Mesa High School
    (951) 677-0568 ext. 6421

    GO RAMS!!!!!
    Character, integrity and hard work breed opportunity.
    see us at

    • Rick says:

      Thanks for the very kind words, coach, and for subscribing. We have an article going today on three San Diego Section championship games yesterday.

  5. Bob Dexter says:

    I thought it might have been a misprint. Thanks, Rick for checking -still an impressive offensive show by La Jolla.

    • Rick says:

      Impressive indeed, Bob. The 63 points is a La Jolla record for one game, surpassing a romp in which it whacked Kearny, 61-20, in 2002. Last week’s win also ties a 57-0 rout of Coronado in 1990 for largest point differential. Adding to that, back in the heyday of Dan Berry and Butch Taylor the Vikings beat San Dieguito, 57-7 in 1961,. Those are the three highest scores in school history. La Jolla has been punishing U. City for years, including 56-7 in 2012.

  6. Bob Dexter says:

    I saw a score from last Friday. There were no details just the line score. At the end of 3 quarters La Jolla and University City were tied 0-0. The final was La Jolla 63, University City 6. High school quarters I believe are 12 minutes. How did La Jolla score 9 touchdowns in 12 minutes? (9 one play drives?) Does anyone have details on this game?

    • Rick says:

      I wondered about that, too, but a check with Jesse Kearney at UT-San Diego revealed that the actual score by quarters was La Jolla, 19-20-10-14–63 and U. City, 6-0-0-0–6. Sixty-three points in one quarter? That’s 9 touchdowns and 9 PAT attempts and 3 PAT in 12 minutes I suppose anything’s possible. Perhaps it’s happened in 8-man or 6-man. Thanks for writing, Bob.

  7. Jasen Boyens says:

    Orange Glen has gone the way of Sweetwater, Morse, Lincoln; victims of changing demographics over time. For OG it all started to fall apart when Valley Center HS opened, and the Patriots lost all those corn-fed farm boys! So many good players came out of VC, as evidenced by Rob Gilster’s sustained success with the Jaguars. Orange Glen was also victimized by the Escondido School District, whose board members were largely Escondido HS alums – implementation of a free-for-all transfer policy within the district, intended to bolster the Cougars’ fortunes. Despite the courageous Early family’s laudable decision to keep Andy and Austin home at OG, in hopes of bolstering Patriot fortunes, the football program remains decrepit. Dick Disney was a great man whose impact on many lives, including my own, continues through the decades.

    • Rick says:

      Jasen, very interesting comments. You could add several other city schools to that mix. Orange Glen did have it going. I think there have been 3 or 4 NFL players, Salisbury, Lenny McGill, I think, and maybe a couple others.

  8. BoyensJC says:


    Thought you might find this photo [ed: of the OG QB club] interesting;

    We had some pretty good quarterbacks come through Orange Glen for a spell there in the late 70’s through the early 1990’s. Lead by Salisbury, of course, but Doug Disney (and his older brother, Rick), Jon Mitchell, and Cree Morris were all San Diego CIF.

    • Rick says:

      What’s happened with Orange Glen football? Patriots had it going back then. I remember Dick Dinesy as an all-star at Point Loma, then later as an assistant for Chick Embrey at Escondido before he opened O.G. Last I heard Sean Salkisbury was in radio in Chicago. Thanks for writing.

      • Buzz Ponce says:

        Dick Disney also was the first varsity football coach at San Marcos High School when it opened in 1961, following his stint at Escondido HS with Chick Embrey. He was at San Marcos (which was then in the Escondido Union HS District) until Orange Glen launched in 1962-63. He was an incredible coach, and an incredible person. After his retirement at OG, he was elected to the Escondido Union HS District Board of Trustees where he served until his death in 1997.
        RIP, Coach Disney.

      • Rick says:

        I met Disney when he assisted Chick with the 1960 team that won the first San Diego section championship. I always wondered how he got to Escondido, considering he was a big name in high school in the city at Point Loma. thanks for writing, Buzz.

  9. Bob Dexter says:

    Rick, Thank you for the kind comments. Coach Leslie was definitely the right man to get our program going. That 1971 season was a lot of fun!

  10. Bob Dexter says:


    Regarding your article on the best defenses in history, the 1971 Patrick Henry Patriots went 11-1 outscoring the opposition 267-53 an average of 4.4 points. We had 5 shutouts and never allowed more than 8 points in any one game. We lost to Grossmont 8-7 in the championship game but it was a great season.

    I became aware of your great website from Henrik.

    • Rick says:

      Bob: The writer posed a question involving only “championship” teams. I researched from that angle but should have taken it further and included all teams. A one-point loss to Grossmont doesn’t dim the luster of that 1971 Patrick Henry club. Coach Russ Leslie got the new school up and running very quickly. The Patriots reached the San Diego Section finals in their third varsity season and were in the finals three times from 1971-74.

  11. malcolm pusey says:

    Great info. But I would like read tidbits for every season. How about a list of the greatest players (by position), teams and coaches of all time?
    I am just trying to help.

    • Rick says:

      Malcolm, great idea. I have been thinking somewhat along those lines. I guess I would start with Charlie Powell at one of the ends although he played fullback one year at San Diego High. Jack Mashin and Duane Maley would be near the top of my coaches’ list, but I’m first concentrating on the yearly reviews and the yearly scoring leaders. Are you related to Duane Pusey, 13-foot pole vaulter at Grossmont in 1949?

  12. Rick says:

    Mark: I’m not familiar with Jimmy Anderson. Ernie Zampese’s son, Ken, is on the Bengals staff and graduated from University High. I think Dante Scarnecchia played at Cal Western, later USIU.
    I see Lenny arevalo at breakfast every Thursday, so tell me his story and I’ll surprise him. Were you with Shacklett and Mendoza at Morse?

    • Mark Monroe says:

      Len’s story is set in 1973 the first year Jimmy Anderson was hired to teach at Morse and coach the defensive line for Shack. While the two of them were out for a jog around the neighborhood Jim asked Len “where do you see yourself in 10 years” Len replied “here @ Morse, I like what I am doing, why where are you gonna be?” Jim says ” I am going to be coaching in the NFL” and he still is as one of the longest tenured assistant coaches in the NFL. Coach Anderson is the innovative mind behind the warm up Morse would do before and after games known as “Tiger Jays” A tradition that has lasted from 1974 to 2011. Len can tell you the story about Dante. Bob, Len and I recently had lunch with Coach Anderson and Len told that story. Yes I had the pleasure of working with Coach Shack, Mendoza and Arevalo at Morse for 24 years. It was kind of weird working there since I graduated in 1971 and knew them as my idols. Thanks for the reply, Coach Monroe.

  13. Mark Monroe says:

    Wow great job! I worked at Morse for 24 years and have a story Len Arevalo likes to tell about Cincinnati running back coach Jimmy Anderson and New England line coach Dante Scarnecchia. Interested?

  14. Todd Tobias says:

    Great stuff, Rick! I will be reading daily. I bet I’ll find some good crossover stuff for potential AFL stories!

  15. John Walker says:

    Will you be adding a section for All-CIF and All-League players. The reason I’m asking is because I was a 2nd team All Eastern League linebacker for Patrick Henry in 1984 and I lost the newspaper clipping.

    • Rick says:

      John: I’m trying to get these narratives written for each year, plus finding scoring leaders for every year. In time I hope to get to the “all” teams. Thanks for writing.

  16. Albert Oliver says:

    Hi Rick. I played in the 1961 Lincoln/ Saints game losing 13 to 6 to Lincoln.
    Your parents Doug & Jane knew mine Al & Virginia Oliver ( Both Dads in the fishing industry).
    Just wanted to say hi.
    Still live in San Diego..( El Cajon).
    Al Oliver…12/07/2012

    • Rick says:

      Al: Good to hear from you. I see Ron Cota and John Nettles often. I think that was the game in which John made a one-handed catch. Willie Shaw and Vernus Ragsdale combined for about 225 yards rushing in that game.

  17. Richard Houk says:

    Just discovered your wonderful site (thanks to Don Norcross). It is wonderful to see a comprehensive listing of San Diego County’s proud history. I was a part of the 1965 San Dieguito Mustangs and noticed that you may have the wrong score entered for the San Dieguito/Poway game. I believe San Dieguito won, 19-14. It is entered correctly on San Dieguito’s record but not Poway’s. Thank you for putting all of this together!

    • Rick says:

      Richard: The score has been corrected. Game played Sept. 24, 1965. I’ll come up with the scoring summary and send. Thanks for commenting.

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