Saturday, August 18, 2012

High School Football America - SoCal on AM 570 Fox Sports LA Tonight

by Jeff Fisher

We are locked-and-loaded tonight’s High School Football America – SoCal show on AM 570 Fox Sports LA.  Everything kicks-off at 10 PM as we continue getting you ready for next week’s Week 0 season openers.

Both hours of the show will be action-packed with guests from throughout our massive coverage area.

Vista Murrieta Practice
Murrieta, CA
The show will begin with Coley Candaele, head coach of Vista Murrieta, talking about his squad’s lofty national rankings thanks to some great returning talent led by USC-recruit Su’a Cravens.  Later in the first half hour, MaxPreps’ national high school football writer and main contributor to the website’s national rankings, will discuss why the Broncos deserve being ranking in all four of the major national polls.

El Toro’s Rob Frith will also be on the show talking about his very talented quarterback Conner Manning, who’s given his verbal commitment to Utah.  Frith will also talk about his program’s move into the rugged South Coast League this season. 

We’ll start the second half hour of the show talking 8-man football.  Yes, High School Football America – SoCal is designed to be well-balanced.

Bill Rivera is the head coach at Excelsior Charter in Victorville in the High Desert, plus the president of the 8-man Coaches Association.

Excelsior has finished runner-up the last two years in the CIF Southern Section 8-Man division with losses both years to Windward in the championship games.  This year Windward has moved-up to 11-man football.

It’s a couple of weeks away, but if you really need a fix in Week 1, plus want to help a great cause, head to Westlake High School for the Battle for Veterans Football Invitational.

Mark Soto, executive director of the event, will join us Saturday night to talk about his event that begins in northern California in Week 0 and spreads south for four games August 31st and September 1st.

The Battle for Veterans Football Invitational will feature six games over two weekends while raising money for wounded veterans.

Here is the schedule for the games at Del Oro High School in Loomis next weekend and Westlake High the following weekend:

at Del Oro HS
August 24, 2012 - Oaks Christian at Del Oro
August 25, 2012 - Westlake vs. Granite Bay

at Westlake HS
August 31, 2012 - Oceanside vs. Oakdale
August 31, 2012 - Del Oro vs. Westlake
September 1, 2012 -  Upland vs. Windsor
September 1, 2012 - Oaks Christian vs. Granite Bay

Our third coach of the night will be Jeff Steinberg of Santiago High School in Corona.  Coach Steinberg will take us inside his 2012 squad that is hoping to take another next step this year after a 7-4 season last season and a trip to the CIF-SS playoffs.

This will be the first of two consecutive weeks of talking football in Corona.  Next week, Centennial head coach Matt Logan will be a guest to talk about his team’s opener August 31st against St. Bonaventure from the Marmonte League.

And speaking of the Marmonte League, Sean Celinsky, the latest edition to the High School Football America – SoCal team, will make his debut Saturday night to preview the 10 team league.

Sean and I will get a good glimpse of the new chain of command at Oaks Chrisitan tonight when we’ll check-out the Lions scrimmage against Notre Dame of Sherman Oaks.  Jeff Woodruff, a longtime college coach, is taking over for Bill Redell, the school’s first and only football coach, who retired earlier this year.

Tonight’s scrimmage between the two will stand-out a little more than most because these two teams had a bench-clearing brawl during the Saugus summer passing tournament.  It will be interesting to see what happens tonight when the pads and helmets are involved.

The Worm also returns tomorrow night when Garth “Worm” Wyckoff stops by for a look at Laguna Hills of the Sea View League, which had its streak of six straight Sea View League titles snapped last year by El Toro.  Worm will also talk about the other schools in the lague.

We’re still working on some other guests, so stay turned to us on Twitter at @hsfbamerica to learn about the rest of the show.

You can also keep-up with Southern California on our KLAC AM 570 blog by clicking here.

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