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ECM FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS: EL CAP HANDS WOLF PACK FIRST LOSS IN INAUGURAL TONY BURNER MEMORIAL GAME

 

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September 22, 2018 (Santee) - ECM Sports is excited about this week’s edition of Friday Night Lights.  It comes to you from West Hills for the first time, where the incredibly aesthetically pleasing blue field greeted us.  Tonight, the Pack hosted the Vaqueros of El Capitan in the inaugural Tony Burner Memorial Cup, named after the late Wolfpack quarterback and Vaquero coordinator who passed away a year ago.  Burner was the son of El Capitan head coach Ron Burner.  These two are polar opposites of each other; the Vaqueros were struggling at 1-3 heading into tonight, while the Wolf Pack were undefeated at 4-0.

SDSU FOOTBALL PRESS CONFERENCE 9/18: JUST LIKE OLD TIMES

 

 

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By Liz Alper

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September 18, 2018 (San Diego) - With two wins under their belt now, SDSU football is back to their winning ways and today, head coach Rocky Long, juniors Ryan Agnew and Kyahva Tenzino and sophomore Chase Jasmin sat down with the media.

ECM FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS: HIGHLANDERS RISE ABOVE SAINTS' STRONG D; GET 35-14 STATEMENT WIN

 

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September 14, 2018 (La Mesa) - Week five of Friday Night Lights takes us to Helix for the first time.  The Highlanders are facing a rare uphill battle early in the season; they’re 1-3 and tonight they faced the Saints of St. Augustine.

SDSU FOOTBALL PRESS CONFERENCE 9/11: FINALLY WON

 

 

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By Liz Alper

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September 11, 2018 (San Diego) - With a win under their belts, SDSU football head coach Rocky Long and juniors Ryan Agnew and Kyree Woods took the floor on Tuesday afternoon in a much better mood than last week's press conference.

SDSU FOOTBALL PRESS CONFERENCE 9/4: LOSING THE FIRST GAME???

 

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By Liz Alper

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September 4, 2018 (San Diego) - After losing badly to Stanford on Friday night 31-10, Aztecs football returned to San Diego depressed and downtrodden, but ready for Saturday's home opener against Sacramento State.  Head coach Rocky Long, senior offensive tackle Ryan Pope and senior defensive lineman Anthony Luke sat down with the media today.

ECM FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS: MCCLENDON RACKS UP FOUR TOUCHDOWNS AS MONARCHS MAKE QUICK WORK OF PATRIOTS

 

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August 31, 2018 (Spring Valley) - Chugging along, week three of ECM Friday Night Lights takes us to Spring Valley for the first time in 2018, where the Monte Vista Monarchs, led by their explosive senior running back and SDSU commit Jahmon McClendon, took on the Patriots of Patrick Henry, who are coming off an embarrassing 43-0 loss to Morse last week.  McClendon scored five rushing touchdowns in the Monarchs’ 48-21 win over University City last week.  You might recall this matchup from last year, when ECM Sports reported on McClendon’s five rushing touchdowns that beat Patrick Henry 34-27.  This year, however, McClendon wouldn’t let the Pats even touch the Monarchs.

SDSU FOOTBALL PRESS CONFERENCE 8/28: BACK TO WORK

 

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By Liz Alper

August 28, 2018 (San Diego) - With the Aztecs taking the field for their first home game of the season against Stanford on Firday night, head coach Rocky Long, senior defensive tackle Noble Hall and junior tight end Parker Houston spoke with the media today.

ECM FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS: PACK SLAY NORSE, MOVE TO 2-0

 

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August 24, 2018 (El Cajon) - Week two of ECM Friday Night Lights takes us to El Cajon for a huge early season East County matchup between the Valhalla Norsemen and the West Hills Wolf Pack.  The Norsemen are coming off a 41-14 loss at University City last week, while the Pack come back to San Diego carrying the momentum from a 20-3 win against Southwest El Centro.

ECM FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS: SULTANS CONQUER RED HAWKS AT HOME TO OPEN SEASON

 

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August 18, 2018 (Santee) - It’s finally back.  You’ve waited all winter, spring and summer for it.  ECM Friday Night Lights has returned and it’s back and better than ever.  Our first stop is to Santana High, where we also got our first glimpse of not only the 2018 Sultans, but also of the Red Hawks, who made the journey in from Mountain Empire High School in Pine Valley.

SDSU ATHLETICS PRESS CONFERENCE 8/16: BACK TO SCHOOL

 

 

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By Liz Alper

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August 16, 2018 (San Diego) - With a new school year upon us, San Diego State football and women's soccer are gearing up for a new season.  Head coaches Rocky Long, Mike Friesen and baseball coach Mark Martinez (who recently signed a contract extension) and assistant football coach Jeff Horton joined the media today.

RASHAAD PENNY NAMED MW MALE ATHLETE OF THE YEAR

 

Former running back is first SDSU male athlete to win award

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July 18, 2018 (San Diego) - Former San Diego State football running back Rashaad Penny has been named the 2017-18 Mountain West Male Athlete of the Year. He is the first Aztec male to win the award and the second SDSU student-athlete to be recognized, following in the footsteps of track and field’s Shanieka Thomas, who was the 2012-13 MW Female Athlete of the Year.

SDSU'S NICK BAWDEN SELECTED ON THIRD DAY OF 2018 NFL DRAFT

 

Detroit Lions select Aztec FB in the seventh round

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April 28, 2018 (Arlington, Texas) - San Diego State fullback Nick Bawden, who logged the second most snaps nationally at fullback in 2017, was selected by the Detroit Lions in the seventh round of the 2018 NFL Draft.

SDSU'S RASHAAD PENNY PICKED BY SEATTLE SEAHAWKS IN FIRST ROUND OF 2018 NFL DRAFT

 

Seahawks take Penny with 27th pick of first round

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April 26, 2018 (Arlington, Texas) - San Diego State running back Rashaad Penny was selected in the first round of the 2018 National Football League Draft on Thursday night by the Seattle Seahawks. Penny, who finished fifth in the Heisman Trophy voting in his final season in 2017, is SDSU’s first player taken in the first round of the NFL Draft since Kyle Turley in 1998 and ninth first-round pick in program history.

AZTEC FOOTBALL'S ROCKY LONG SIGNS CONTRACT EXTENSION

 

Long agrees to deal to coach San Diego State through the 2022 season

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April 11, 2018 (San Diego) - Rocky Long, the all-time winningest coach in Mountain West history and the only three-time MW Coach of the Year, has agreed to a contract extension that will keep him as the San Diego State head football coach through the 2022 season, SDSU Director of Athletics John David Wicker announced Wednesday.

SAN DIEGO STATE FOOTBALL ANNOUNCES 2018 SLATE

 

Mountain West schedule announced

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March 1, 2018 (San Diego) - The San Diego State football released its 2018 schedule on Thursday. Game times and television arrangements, including moves to non-Saturdays will be announced at a later date.

FOUR AZTECS INVITED TO NFL COMBINE

 

SDSU to send four to NFL Combine for second straight year

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February 6, 2018 (San Diego) - San Diego State will send four football players to the NFL Scouting Combine (National Invitational Camp) in Indianapolis from Feb. 27-March 5, the NFL announced today. Fullback Nick Bawden, defensive back Kameron Kelly, running back Rashaad Penny and tight end David Wells each will attend the camp, which will be scouted by top executives, coaching staffs, player personnel departments and medical personnel from all 32 NFL teams.

DOCUMENTARY FILM CHAMPIONS JOE ROTH, GROSSMONT COLLEGE & UC BERKELEY QUARTERBACK WHO BATTLED CANCER IN SECRET

 

By Miriam Raftery

photo: U.C. Berkeley Golden Bears blog

September 11, 2014 (El Cajon) – “Don’t Quit: The Joe Roth Story”, a documentary about Grossmont College football quarterback Joe Roth, will be honored at the La Costa Film Festival September 20th, with the film debuting there September 18th.

The El Cajon native led the Griffins to its first state championship in 1974.  He was diagnosed with melanoma, a deadly form of skin cancer, but courageously battled the disease while triumphing on the field as one of America's top college athletes—all without telling friends or teammates about his condition.

MEMORIES ARE MADE AT SUMMER CAMPS FOR LA MESA KIDS

 

April 26, 2012 (La Mesa) -- Do you have a budding artist or a child who loves to act?  What about your sports enthusiast or a youngster who loves to work with wood and tools?  La Mesa Community Services is offering these 12 “memories-to-be-made” camps that will put a smile on any child’s face ages four years and up:  

 

FORMER SDSU AZTECS TO LEAD LAKESIDE PARADE APRIL 21

 
El Capitan Alums Ryan Lindley and Tommie Draheim Will Serve as Grand Marshals
 
By Ryan Schuler
 
April 11, 2012 (Lakeside)--Former SDSU football players and El Capitan High School alums Ryan Lindley and Tommie Draheim will serve as the grand marshals of the Lakeside Western Days Parade on Saturday, April 21.

GROSSMONT HIGH SCHOOL SAYS GOODBYE TO FORMER FOOTBALL COACH

 

Ron Murphy passed away at age 48
 
By: Ryan Schuler
 
February 20, 2012 (La Mesa) Former Grossmont High School head football coach Ron Murphy passed away on Tuesday after a battle with skin cancer. Murphy was 48 years old.
 
Grossmont High School dedicated its basketball game against Helix High School in honor of Murphy. Grossmont High School also held a celebration of Murphy’s life on Saturday morning at the football field on campus.

FORMER AZTECS, CHARGERS COACH CORYELL 85, DIES AFTER EXTENDED ILLNESS

 

Public services July 12 at Viejas Arena on SDSU campus

 

By Chris Mohr

 

July 5, 2010 (La Mesa) - Don Coryell, football coaching legend at the collegiate and professional levels, died Thursday (July 1) at Sharp Grossmont Hospital in La Mesa after an extended illness. He was 85.

 
Often credited as the father of the modern passing game, Coryell's offensive play schemes are used in one form or another throughout the NFL. These schemes also influenced defenses, which were forced to adapt to an increase in passing offense from their opponents. 
 
Coryell's coaching career got off to a fast start as head coach of Whittier College from 1957 to 1959. All three teams he coached there won conference titles. He moved on to become an assistant at USC in 1960, before taking over the head coaching job at San Diego State in 1961. 

CIF SAN DIEGO SECTION ANNOUNCES FOOTBALL PLAYOFF MATCHUPS, EAST COUNTY WELL REPRESENTED

 by Christopher Mohr

 

(SAN DIEGO) November 14 – With the regular season for high school football coming to a close Friday night, Saturday morning meant the announcement of playoff seedings for high schools in the CIF San Diego Section.

GAME OF THE WEEK: TITANS TAME COUGARS IN 38-13 WIN

 

by Christopher Mohr

 

(RANCHO SAN DIEGO) September 25 - Steele Canyon's football team is not happy right now. After the Cougars' 38-13 loss to Eastlake Friday night, head coach Ron Boehmke gathered his players in a circle on the field, and told them in no uncertain terms that this performance was not acceptable. The players knew it, the fans knew it, and after Coach Boehmke's postgame speech, half the people in Blythe knew it too.

GAME OF THE WEEK PREVIEW - COUGARS LOOKING TO POUNCE ON VISITING TITANS

 

by Christopher Mohr

 

(RANCHO SAN DIEGO) - This Friday, we head to Rancho San Diego to cover the home opener between the Steele Canyon Cougars and the visiting Eastlake Titans.

 

Steele Canyon (1-1) comes off a 2008 season where they finished 7-6, but won three out of their last four games, going deep in the playoffs. Only a loss to Valhalla kept the Cougars from making a December visit to Qualcomm Stadium.

GAME OF THE WEEK: GROSSMONT SUFFERS TURNOVERS IN 34-7 LOSS TO VALHALLA

 

Jevon Hasten eludes Grossmont defendersby Christopher Mohr

 

September 15, 2009 (El Cajon)--Sisyphean. That one word  describes how the Grossmont Foothillers must have felt in Friday night's 34-7 loss to the host Valhalla Norsemen.

 

TACKLE THIS: NFL PLAYER & FORMER ALL-AMERICAN QUARTERBACK HOLDS FOOTBALL PASSING CAMP AT GROSSMONT COLLEGE

 

July 6, 2009 (El Cajon)--The Grossmont College Athletics Dept. and assistant Grossmont football coach Akili Smith, a former Grossmont College All-American quarterback and National Football League player, will host a football passing camp and tournament for high school football athletes starting at 9 a.m. on Friday and Saturday, July 10 and 11, at the college’s football field.