High school gridders take to the air

Calaveras senior Jonathon Lozano slips by defenders on his way to the end zone.

Just like the classic TV show “Whose Line is it Anyway,” the points didn’t matter when the Calaveras and Bret Harte High School football teams squared off in a 7-on-7 matchup Tuesday night at Frank Meyer Field in San Andreas.

Even though there was no winner and loser, that didn’t keep players from both squads from trying to impress their county rivals. For Bret Harte head coach Casey Kester, he knows how badly his team wanted to compete against another school, especially Calaveras.

“The players all know one another on both sides, so that makes it a little bit sweeter,” Kester said. “Both teams get up a little more because they’ve been playing against one another for a long time. To play against someone other than ourselves is really a treat.”

High school gridders take to the air

Bret Harte senior Hunter Brewer scores a touchdown Tuesday in San Andreas.

Historically, Calaveras has been a run-first offense. But under new head coach Doug Clark, that could change. Clark has only had three weeks of practice with his team and he doesn’t expect perfection at this point of the offseason.

“We are looking at whether or not we can line up right, get in our base offense and defense and do the little things right,” Clark said. “Kids are going to drop passes, run the wrong routes and get beat. That’s expected out here.”

Clark has plenty of off-season’s under his belt, but this is his first as a varsity head coach. The first-year coach is still trying to get used to all the extra things that come with running a program.

High school gridders take to the air

Sophomore quarterback Travis Byrd throws for Calaveras.

“It definitely feels different,” Clark said. “Any other season, by this point, I’d be in my car and down the road. But now, I have to wait here until everybody leaves and I have to lock up. There are a thousand more little things. But when it comes down to it, the heart of it is the X’s and O’s and winning. Winning is the ultimate goal, because that keeps everybody happy.”

Calaveras and Bret Harte will face one another in the last game of the season, which takes place Nov. 11 in San Andreas. While November is still over five months away, the start of the fall practice season is right around the corner. Both teams can practice after the conclusion of the dead period, which will be July 29.

“It’s not marching here, it’s running at a full gallop to get here,” Kester said about the start of fall practice. “It’s going to be a great season for us.”

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