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Righetti football prepares for first CIF title game in program history

Posted at 9:44 PM, Nov 21, 2018

Righetti High School football is preparing for its biggest game of the season, the CIF Central Section Division II championship title game against Tulare Union.

No. 2 Righetti shut out No. 7 Stockdale in the semifinals game, 21-0 last Friday to advance to its first championship appearance in school history.

Although the Warriors (10-2, 3-1 ) carried a lot of momentum and confidence to get to this point, the program now faces unfamiliar territory.

Tulare Union is the defending CIF Central Coast Division II champion and received the top seed. They’re also sitting on a perfect 12-0 record while being ranked as No. 74 in the state, according to Max Preps.

Due to the holiday schedule, Righetti’s final chance to prepare was practice on Wednesday afternoon.

“This week has been a lot different but a lot of fun already,” explained Tony Payne, Righetti head coach. “We’ve got in some good practice. There’s no school this week so we had time to do our thing. And win or lose, our bond is incredibly strong. I think we’ve recreated a culture around here at Righetti High School. We’re proud to be Warriors and that’s how we’re going to handle this game.”

The game is on Friday at Tulare Union High School, kick off set for 7 p.m.