Nov 19, 2009 12:52 AM by Andrew Masuda
The tradition is back at Arroyo Grande High. The Eagles' football team is back in the CIF playoffs for the first time in four years.
Head coach Tom Goosen's team went 7-3 in the regular season and tied for second in the Pac-7 League. It snapped a string a three-straight losing seasons.
They relied on a solid rushing and passing game all season that averaged 350 yards per game of total offense.
The Eagles said they worked all year to live up to their team motto, "bring it back." The slogan refers to restoring the program's pride and winning tradition.
" At Arroyo Grande we have a legacy of being a good football team. And so we even had it on the back of our shirts and I feel like we finally did it. We accomplished our goal," said John Alexander, a senior wide receiver and defensive back.
Goosen credited his players for coming to practice all week ready for action despite last week's tough loss to Righetti when a share of the Pac-7 title was on the line. "We had a disheartening loss last Friday but we're able to come back from that and get a little bit of redemption here in this game," said Goosen.
Camarillo enters this game after a 9-1 regular season. The Scorpions' quarterback thew for 2,725 yards, 32 touchdowns and 6 interceptions.
"They have a big boy at quarterback so our defense is going to have to play good. We're going to have to run the ball. We're just going to play our game and see how it goes," said senior co-captain Zachary Melson. Their running back Ryan Molesworth averages 16.8 yards per carry and scored 13 touchdowns.
Arroyo Grande plays at Adolfo-Camarillo Friday night at 7 pm.
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