In 2016, the Lompoc High School football program went undefeated during the regular season including a stretch of five straight shutouts. During that streak, the Braves put up a combined 285 points.
Lompoc's defensive prowess continued into the CIFs as they recorded back-to-back shutouts to start the playoffs. The Braves' season ended with a heartbreaking loss to Corona Del Mar in the semifinals, 35-34.
Lompoc has been promoted a division in 2017, now playing D3 of the southern section. It helps that highly touted running back, Toa Taua, returns for his senior season, but with that being said, the Braves have still have some positions they're trying to fill from last year. That's been a point of emphasis early on in practice for head coach Andrew Jones.
"We lost a lot of linemen-type guys last year and a few good skilled guys, so we're just trying to fill in the offensive and defensive line right now," Jones said. "It's kind of too early to tell where we're at, but I definitely think we've progressed over the week and we're looking forward to the first game."
Lompoc opens up the season at Arroyo Grande in our FNH 'Game of the Week' this Friday night at 7pm.