The Foothill High football family had two glorious days last week, in which everything seemed to connect.
And the common thread was Falcons coach Matt Sweeney, who was honored by the school Sept. 21 for his quarter-century of service.
The Falcons made Sweeney's tribute night complete with a stirring come-from-behind 21-14 win over previously unbeaten Monte Vista in their East Bay Athletic League football opener.
That same night Sweeney's longtime friend and former co-coach John Mannion guided unbeaten Silverton (Ore.) to a 49-0 rout over Corvallis in Class 5A action.
Then on Sept. 22, Mannion's son, Sean, a former Foothill star, led Oregon State to a 27-20 win over No. 19 UCLA in its Pac-12 opener at the Rose Bowl. Mannion, a third-year sophomore quarterback, had a career-high 379 yards passing and two touchdowns.
Now that's a special two-day haul for the Falcons, past and present.
After Foothill's big win on Friday night, Sweeney was dunked with ice water by Falcons senior Parker Dalton and Marc Luey as he addressed his jubilant players.
Sweeney then put everything in perspective, saying "that's how we've played for 26 years. It's not always pretty, but we never quit fighting. We never quit battling."
GRANADA ACES: Granada golfers Yuri Ahn and Janelle Reali have different playing styles, but they both get the job done.
Reali, whose sister and
Granada coach Tim Rankin marvels at both players' impressive skills.
"Two studs. I'm pretty darn lucky," said Rankin, who wishes his all-league duo would get a little more recognition.
Ahn has advanced to the Northern California tournament three times at Granada, and Reali has twice.
The Matadors aces excelled in a recent 205-220 win over Foothill at Poppy Ridge Golf Course. Reali shot an even-par 36, and Ahn had a 37 as they bested Foothill's twin aces Alex and Katie Sborov.
The Falcons and Matadors were scheduled to meet again at Castlewood Country Club on Sept. 25, after this newspaper went to press.
Foothill coach Ashley Kettmann (formerly Gomes) thinks some positives came from her team's loss to Granada.
"It was definitely unexpected," Kettmann said. "I think losing to them was almost a good thing.
"The girls thought they were going to breeze through and some didn't show up, thinking it wouldn't affect us. It put a little fire underneath them and taught them they have to balance golf with regular life."
LOOK AHEAD: The big hits figure to keep coming in EBAL football. California (4-0, 1-0) visits Foothill (3-1, 1-0) on Friday, in another marquee matchup. The Grizzlies boast a strong offensive line, an explosive running back in Karris Johnson and an improving defense. Cal's Grant Sherrod made the big play in a 31-21 win over Amador Valley last week, with a 78-yard return for a touchdown on a fumble recovery in the fourth quarter.
Amador Valley (2-2, 0-1) looks to rebound at home against San Ramon Valley (1-3, 1-0) on Friday with a 34-19 win over Livermore on Sept. 21.
The Dons are close to being unbeaten against a tough schedule. Amador's only other loss was against unbeaten Concord 16-10, when a fourth-down pass from Kyle Moreno intended for Grant Miller was knocked away in the final stages.
The Wolves' three losses have come against toughies Buhach Colony-Atwater, Folsom and James Logan.
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