JUNE 19, 2013

Football Falcons senior profiles to begin July 3

Raymond Kellis here for August 30 opener
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“Are you ready for some f-o-o-t-b-a-l-l?”
            ~ Hank Williams, Jr.’s longtime signature introduction to “Monday Night Football”

Hank, Jr. was never cut out to be “politically correct.” But when he publicly compared our Kenyan-born president to Adolf Hitler, “Bocephus” should have anticipated that ABC would can him – which they did. On Monday nights, Hank, Jr. provided much-needed comic relief for the stodginess of the high-and-mighty NFL. This football fan misses him.

“We cooked a pig in the ground, we got some beer on ice, and all my rowdy friends are coming over tonight.”

But the football world keeps turning – at all levels, from the rebuilding Arizona Cardinals to Cave Creek Youth Football, with the Cactus Shadows Falcons falling somewhere in between. No, at this June 19 writing, Head Coach Greg Davis’s Falcons aren’t “ready for some football” … but they’re getting there: weight training and conditioning four mornings each week; Passing League (“seven-on-seven”) appearances on selected afternoons and evenings; and their Summer Camp at San Ysidro (Calif.) High School, July 13-15 (freshman and sophomores) and July 17-19 (juniors and, at present, 22 seniors). Two-a-day practices start August 5; the CSHS school bell rings August 8, when practice wisely shifts to 6-9 p.m. each evening. This writer has never been comfortable with “full pads” practices in brutal triple digit temps. My CS ball cap is off to Coach Davis.

“All of the above” is in preparation for the season opener (at Falcon Stadium) vs. Raymond Kellis (Peoria), Friday evening, August 30. Sonoran News belatedly congratulates Dale Nicol, formerly athletic director at CSHS and Raymond Kellis, who is now principal at Sunrise Mountain High School (Peoria).

Capsulized profiles of the Football Falcon seniors (this season by position groups) will appear in Sonoran News, published in print and/or online each week from July 3 through August 14. Thanks in advance to Jim Merendo (Assistant Coach, Running Backs) for his generous assistance. From one block west of the Atlantic Ocean, it’s more than pleasing to this writer to be working again with a long-enjoyed friend!

~ Pete Mohr