High School Football in California: Amazing Stories on the Gridiron from San Diego to the Golden Gate and Everywhere In Between

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From the best players to the best coaches and some of the most legendary schools and teams in US history, California high school football has it all. High School Football in California takes an inside look at the state's greatness in the sport, from the best players when they were in high school to those who've gone on to be stars as collegiate players or pros. It's about record-setters, trend-setters, and some of the most inspirational families and people you'll ever meet. Some of the players and coaches featured include Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers, Bob Ladouceur, Tom Flores, Trent Dilfer, and many more!

Extending from the first published report of a game from 1873 to the present, this book presents high school football in a manner never done before. One of the many stories featured recounts how the late Charlie Wedemeyer, former coach at Los Gatos High who suffered from ALS, called plays by having his wife read his lips and then give the plays to assistant coach Butch Cattolico. Cal-Hi Sports editor Mark Tennis mixes amazing anecdotes and interviews with the many who've experienced California high school football from every imaginable angle.
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Mark Tennis has been watching California high school football games since 1973 when he was in the ninth grade in Sacramento. He co-founded Cal-Hi Sports with his late uncle, Nelson Tennis, in 1979. Since then, he has been editor of Cal-Hi Sports from its inception as a newsletter to its current website CalHiSports.com. Tennis also has edited and helped compile seven California high school sports record books and was editor of the national Student Sports Magazine for eleven years (1993-2004). He was inducted into the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Hall of Fame along with Nelson as the first two media members in 2010.
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Simon and Schuster
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Published on
Aug 7, 2018
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Pages
248
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ISBN
9781683581840
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Language
English
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Genres
Biography & Autobiography / Sports
Sports & Recreation / Coaching / Football
Sports & Recreation / Essays
Sports & Recreation / Football
Sports & Recreation / General
Sports & Recreation / History
Young Adult Nonfiction / Sports & Recreation / Football
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Alabama’s Crimson Tide has been the most dominant college football team in America for the past decade, winning five national championships and five conference titles. The team, under coach Nick Saban, has won an astounding ninety percent of its games since 2008, and established a dynasty unparalleled in modern college football.

As impressive as Saban and his teams have been, these are far from the only glory days in Alabama football history, and their great tradition is celebrated in Miracle Moments in Alabama Crimson Tide Football History. Mark Mayfield chronicles Alabama’s colorful football history dating to when their first team won a scrimmage, 56–0, over a group of Birmingham high school players in 1892. Three decades later, Alabama pulled off a stunning 20–19 upset of West Coast powerhouse Washington in the 1926 Rose Bowl, won its first national championship, and took its place among the elite teams in America with seventeen national titles through eras coached by Wallace Wade, Frank Thomas, the legendary Paul “Bear” Bryant, Gene Stallings, and Saban.

Along the way, some of the best players in the nation have been a part of this extraordinary program—from Don Hutson, Harry Gilmer, Joe Namath, Ken Stabler, John Hannah, Lee Roy Jordan, Derrick Thomas, and Cornelius Bennett to Julio Jones, Amari Cooper, Mark Barron, Dont’a Hightower, Minkah Fitzpatrick, Calvin Ridley, and Heisman Trophy winners Mark Ingram Jr. and Derrick Henry. They and so many other remarkable players and coaches are highlighted in Miracle Moments in Alabama Crimson Tide Football History, a must have for all ‘Bama football fans.
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In 1979, San Francisco was in turmoil attempting to recover from the assassination of two of its leaders: Mayor George Moscone and Supervisor Harvey Milk. The troubled city was in need of an emotional boost to restore their pride. But as the year drew to a sad close, the city’s professional football team, the 49ers, endured its second straight 2–14 season and it, too, was in deep despair. Critics jumped on Eddie DeBartolo Jr., the new owner, along with rookie head coach Bill Walsh. The thirty-year-old DeBartolo, handed the team by his billionaire father, was the league’s youngest owner. Walsh had been passed over in Cincinnati when the Bengals made a coaching change.

Yet there were promising signs that the 49ers were headed into a new era. The losses were closer. The player draft included an exciting quarterback named Joe Montana. The favorable signs proved prophetic. Over the next decade, the 49ers created a dynasty that was as unique as it was unexpected, winning four Super Bowls. The heroes were Walsh, the coach of speed and detail and long working hours, and Montana, who proved to be the perfect fit for Walsh’s fast-paced West Coast offense. In When the 49ers Were Kings , award-winning football writer Gordon Forbes examines how Walsh and DeBartolo assembled one of the greatest teams in pro football history featuring a legendary cast including Montana, Jerry Rice, and Ronnie Lott and unforgettable moments such as Dwight Clark and “The Catch,” a key goal-line stand in their first Super Bowl victory, and the last-minute drive capped by John Taylor’s Super Bowl-winning touchdown in Walsh’s final game.

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Night after night, all across America, the story uncovers the true heart and soul of high school football.

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Technology is changing football. In the history of the game, it has never been easier to gather scheme and strategy information. Top secret plays, game plans, and play call sheets that were once reserved for coaches at the highest-level can easily be found on the internet. Analytics and algorithms fed into super machines are challenging the thought process of traditional game plan and play calling theory. However, the surge of information that is meant to help human decision making is harming it. Dub Maddox continues the journey from Headset to Helmet and Adapt or Die. In What is Open? he shows coaches and players simple game planning and play calling process that accelerates answers in finding “open.” 

In this Book You Will Learn How to…

• Identify key frames of reference that read the reality of space advantage

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• Utilize a verbal brevity code that accelerates communication of open space

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• Include different personnel and formations to increase structural strain on a defense

• Implement progression platforms that sequence plays into a storyboard format

• Advance the ability to game plan an opponent using the R4 grid

• Apply concept grids into a work_ow that becomes the R4 play call sheet

• Assign an organized practice script that covers every play and situation in a game

• Create a championship culture that can empathize and empower any level of coach

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