Local high school football teams get back to work – Times-Herald

For the first time in the school’s history, football players from Jesse Bethel High School were greeted at official training on Monday by a different voice.

It was no longer the severe and wise Jeff Turner. Instead, instructions and expectations came from new brain head coach Daniel Martinez.

Martinez was officially hired in June to replace Turner, the Jaguars’ first and only head coach since the school opened in 1998. Turner resigned after his team beat Vallejo 14-7 in the Cup. mayor on April 17.

The Jaguars did not take the field on Monday but attended meetings and participated in weight training. They were on CJ Anderson Field Tuesday afternoon. Anderson, the former NFL running back, is the new head coach of Monte Vista High.

Martinez liked what he saw from his team on Monday. Bethel only played one soccer game in the spring, but a 10-game schedule is slated for this fall.

“It went really well,” Martinez said of the first day. “We have about 35 junior varsity players and 32 varsity players. Many children came. ”

Martinez said his team competed in three 7v7 offseason camps this summer, including those in Contra Costa County and American Canyon. The Jaguars will play in a scrum at Benicia on August 20, then open the season on August 27 at Fairfield.

Even though it’s early, Martinez already has some early predictions on the potential bright spots.

“I think defense will be a strength. We have a lot of kids flying on this side of the ball, ”he said. “We’re running a 3-4 defense and our defensive coordinator is doing a hell of a job with them.”

Here’s how the rest of the teams in the zone fared on day one:

Upper Vallejo

After playing just two games last spring, head coach Mike Wilson III welcomed a traditional routine on Monday.

“It feels good to be here, in normal times, in normal football,” Wilson said as his team trained at Dick Bass Field. “It’s different from last spring. Last spring was a little out of date. The children are very excited. We’re back on time and ready to go.

Vallejo High School football players participate in official fall practice Monday at Dick Bass Field. (Matt O’Donnell-Times-Herald)

Wilson said the numbers were down a bit, but he hopes to increase more in the coming weeks.

“We’re a little low on the ninth and tenth graders,” Wilson said. “We are heavy on the juniors with only a few seniors. The juniors really impressed me this summer.

Vallejo is the only program in the region not to play its first game of the season on August 27. The Redhawks will kick off on September 3 when they host Fairfield at Corbus Field.

“We have decided not to have a week off,” Wilson said. “It will give us a little more time to take the kids out, prepare them more and get them back in shape. ”

Saint-Patrick-St. Vincent

The Bruins, forced to postpone training until Thursday due to a confirmed positive COVID-19 test, did not start the season on a high note.

Athletic director and football head coach Lane Hawkins said the team will participate in Zoom practices and then strap on the pads on Thursday.

“We’re very young,” Hawkins said. “We only have six seniors and a handful of sophomores. It looks like we’ll have about 20 kids for college and 23 junior players for college.

The Bruins went 4-1 last spring, beating Northgate 32-19 in their final game to win the Mid-Valley Division title of the Diablo Athletic League. This fall, St. Pat’s returns to the Tri-County Athletic League.

St. Pat’s will face American Canyon and Alhambra on August 21 to prepare for the regular season. The Bruins open at home on August 27 against St. Helena.

“We actually have some good numbers on the offensive line,” said Hawkins. “We are actually a bit thin in the skill positions, unlike in previous years. ”

American canyon

Wolves officially welcomed their fall class on Monday after going 3-2 last spring.

“The training has been good,” said American Canyon head coach John Montante. “Our numbers are a little light, but I expect we will pick up a few players when school starts next Wednesday.”

American Canyon has organized its own 7v7 camp during the summer. As mentioned above, Wolves will face St. Pat’s and the Alhambra on August 21. American Canyon welcomes Rodriguez for the opener on August 27 at Wolf Den Stadium.

Montante was happy that the summer and the first practice were more traditional than usual. A year ago, the season was postponed to August and then again to January before spring slate was offered.

“We had a more normal summer which was really nice,” said the coach. “The players really needed it. ”

ELITE public charter

The Eagles will play an independent junior college calendar in their inaugural season this fall.

ELITE deputy athletic director Corey Meshack said the program has “27 players and is counting” this week. The Eagles will face off in Sonoma Valley on August 20.

Since the Eagles are in the Sac-Joaquin section, they started official training two weeks ago.

The season opener will be August 27 at Twelve Bridges in Lincoln (Placer County).

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