The Allan Hancock football team had four players sign letters of intent to play at four-year universities Monday afternoon.
Curt McDonald signed with Tennessee State, Richard Goldhammer, a Paso Robles grad, signed to play with Tabor College in Kansas, Kevin Lopez, an Orcutt Academy grad, signed with Judson University in Illinois, and Chase Hansen signed with Waldorf University in Iowa.
The Bulldogs have lost just six games over the last three seasons. The athletes are ecstatic to be moving forward.
“It’s a new experience for me. I’ve always lived in Orcutt. It’s kind of far, and a new experience to head out there,” Lopez said. “They not only offered me a football scholarship, but they offered me a spot on their track and field team for throwing as well. The yearlong opportunity to be out there to do what I love to do is what got me out there.”
“I thought this last year was going to be my last one. I wasn’t into it, but once I started getting recognition from a bunch of schools, my mentality changed,” Hansen said. “It was really awesome to have a bunch of coaches hitting me up to come play for them.”
“My family hasn’t seen me play in like two years. I have a daughter now. I want to be close to home,” McDonald said.
“This is like the cherry on top. Now, these guys are getting to go and do what we preach at them to do. Go pursue your education,” Seth Damron, head coach of the Allan Hancock football team, said. “This football thing is going to fade away, but now they get the chance to get a four-year degree, and hopefully set themselves up for a solid future in the workplace as well.”