August 6, 2013 > MVAL preseason
Submitted By Mike Heightchew, Photo by Mike Heightchew
In August high school football teams are beginning to come together in scrimmage practice sessions. This is the first look at Mission Valley Athletic League (MVAL) prospects for the 2013 season.
This promises to be an exciting year for MVAL football. In a scrimmage game played at Mission San Jose (MSJ) High School on August 1, Mission battled last year's MVAL champion Newark Cougars in a format that rotated offensive and defensive squads as Junior Varsity and Varsity played on different fields. Coaches were able to spend time one-on-one with players on the field for instruction and, after one year under their belts, the MSJ Warriors are catching on.
Coach Samuel Baugh is using a new West Coast offense scheme of putting the ball where the other team is not, along with a concentrated conditioning program, a must in today's high school football world. The Warriors are sending a message to the rest of the MVAL.
Line play and hitting was impressive from both teams at this early stage of the season and Newark Memorial's new coach Rob Meredith has the Cougars looking good with a passing attack on par with last year.