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2019 FNH Preview: Righetti

Posted at 5:26 PM, Aug 09, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-09 21:48:56-04

The kickoff to the high school football season is just two weeks away and one team raring to get back under the lights is Righetti.

The Warriors finished one win short of a CIF title last season after falling to Tulare Union in the Central Section Division 2 championship game.

In Tony Payne's first year as head coach, Righetti ended with a 10-3 overall record and second place in the Mountain League behind St. Joseph.

While the Warriors lost a mighty talented senior class, they return some studs like senior quarterback Logan Mortensen and junior running back/linebacker Kidasi Nepa.

Righetti was on the cusp of big things a year ago, and they are using that as motivation this season.

"For the squad, honestly, we just want it all, we want to take it all, we want to win, we want to be the best team in the Santa Maria Valley and in the Central Coast," Nepa said. "We want people to know who we are and live up to the expectation we had last year."

"We can accomplish anything we want to accomplish," Mortensen added. "We just have to come together, work hard and anything can happen."

"I can't imagine anyone out-working our guys this summer, the leadership has been fantastic," Payne exclaimed. "When your goals are clear, everybody can get on the same page. These guys are stronger, and if they come together like last year's team, it's on."

Righetti won't have to travel too far for its first game, hopping across town to face the Santa Maria Saints on Friday, August 23 at 7 P.M.