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By Diane Sieker

Bobcats take to the field before football season kicks off


Last updated 8/16/2018 at 9:52am

Diane Sieker

Coach Jeff Walls explains how he wants the players to practice a certain maneuver at Hamilton High School football practice Thursday, Aug. 9.

Weeks of grueling practice and conditioning has paid off for Anza's Hamilton High School Bobcat football teams. The players are rough and ready for the coming season, which begins with a scheduled battle with Santa Rosa Academy, 7 p.m., Friday, Aug. 17.

"The Hamilton High school football team is ready to go for the season," head coach Patrick McGowan said. "The fifty-athlete team, being led by over 15 seniors, is working to earn a league championship title. The first challenge is this Friday against Santa Rosa Academy. It is a home game, so we hope they hear the town's support."

McGowan was named the new head football coach for Hamilton High School, replacing Coach Keith Moorman. It is his first season in his new role.

"My coaching staff and I are dedicated to turning this football team into a championship program," he said. "Our goal is to do more than win games; it is to turn these boys into men. We will be deeply involved with our community and will work to make you all proud. This will be a great season."

The start of school signals the beginning of high school football, but the young players have been working hard for the past several weeks to tone up and hone their skills and strategies. The coaches have been pleased with the athletes' progress, he said. There is a junior varsity team as well as the varsity, with the JV schedule to be announced.

Hamilton High School varsity football games start 7 p.m., except for the Sept. 14 game at Western Christian High, which begins at 6:30 p.m.

Diane Sieker

Head coach Patrick McGowan explains the next drill at Hamilton High School football practice Thursday, Aug. 9.

The Aug. 17 home game is against Santa Rosa Academy. The Aug. 24 game is away at Palo Verde Valley High School in Blythe, California. The Aug. 31 home game is again Temecula Preparatory School. The team plays away Sept. 8 at Escondido Charter High School in Escondido, California, and Sept. 14 at Western Christian High School in Upland, California. There is no game Sept. 21. The team returns Sept. 27 for a home game with Nuview Bridge Early College High School. The Oct. 5 away game is against Sherman Indian High School in Riverside, California. The team competes at home against Calvary Chapel Murrieta High School, Oct. 11, followed by an away game with La Puente High School, Oct. 19, in La Puente, California. The final home game is Oct. 26 against California Military Institute.

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Diane Sieker can be reached by email at [email protected]


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