2013 high school football preview
The 2013 high school football season begins Friday, Aug. 30 for
some local teams. The News-Sentinel sports department takes a look
at the Elliot Eagles, Galt Warriors, Liberty Ranch Hawks, Lodi
Flames and Tokay Tigers.
The Lodi Flames varsity football team’s power run game last year was not very subtle. The message was loud and clear: You may know where we’re going, but you still have to stop it.
The Elliot Eagles varsity football team enjoyed an impressive and overachieving year in 2012, considering the circumstances: A new coach, a new system (installed weeks before the season) and a new quarterback.
The J.J. Woodward era got off to a rough start in 2012. The new head coach of the Galt Warriors varsity football team brought a new level of enthusiasm to the program, but a thin roster — one further compounded by injuries — hampered progress and resulted a second straight 0-10 season. The season hit an early rock bottom with a forfeit to Argonaut due to lack of players.
They were no slouches, but the Liberty Ranch Hawks fell back to varsity football reality a bit after their stunning run to the section semifinals in 2011. With assistant Bryan Golder replacing Anthony Linebaugh on the sideline, Liberty Ranch finished 5-5 and fell just short of the playoffs, a late heartbreaker at River City denying them a sixth win.
Coming off back-to-back playoff appearances, the Flames took a step back in 2012 — a season that turned out to be Todd Dillon’s last after 15 years at the helm. Lodi earned three league victories, but was doomed by an 0-5 start in preseason; in four of those losses, the Flames let games get away with in the second half.
The youngsters came of age and the Tokay Tigers varsity football team broke through last fall.
Concussions are commonly associated with big bodies, big hits and football. But that sort of thinking puts children in jeopardy, said Dr. Robert Cantu, one of the world’s leading experts on traumatic brain injuries, because concussions also occur in soccer, baseball, softball and even cheerleading. And it doesn’t take a big hit to the head to cause a concussion, he said.