Last week I battled the elements to try to decipher what was going on at Tustin High (see photo above), where Villa Park and Tustin engaged in one of the best high school football games I have ever allegedly seen.
Visibility was impossible from the press box, so I went down to the sidelines for the second half where visibility was slightly better, and by better I mean I still didn’t know what I was seeing. Tustin’s field is surrounded by a fence, so there is about 10 feet from the playing field to the fence. There’s not much room to maneuver. I felt like I was covering a football game inside the octagon.
Villa Park running back Meki Tafuna practically willed the Spartans to victory, helping them rally from an early 14-0 deficit to beat Tustin, 35-34, in the CIF-SS Southwest Division semifinals.
Meanwhile, Mr. FryDay Night ran into similar fog issues at Orange Coast College where Edison rallied to beat Foothill, 22-16, in the other Southwest Division semifinal. Mr. FryDay Night didn’t whine and complain about the conditions.
“I challenged the fog to leave Orange Coast College,” Mr. FryDay Night said.
Mr. FryDay Night was already in championship week form, staring down Mother Nature like Clint Eastwood in one of those spaghetti westerns.
Here are some of the quotes you will probably see a lot of during championship week:
“I challenged the … “
The great coaches know how to motivate, and that means you you have to challenge the defense and challenge the offense and challenge the special teams. Sometimes you have to challenge Mother Nature just like Mr. FryDay Night.
“We wanted it more than them.”
This is football fact.
“Nobody believed in us.”
This is also a football fact that everybody believes that nobody believes they had a chance to win a championship.
“I take my hat off to … “
There will be a lot of hats being taken off as a show of respect following the championship games at Angel Stadium.
SOME RANDOM THOUGHTS AND FACTORS HEADING INTO THE CHAMPIONSHIPS:
‘The Swami’ might have a scheduling conflict
I dubbed Troy girls basketball coach Roger Anderson “The Swami” after he called Long Beach Poly’s 21-16 upset over Mission Viejo in the quarterfinals. He also said the Jackrabbits would be too much for St. John Bosco of Bellflower in the semifinals and Poly won again, 13-10.