Dozens of local football teams participated in scrimmages Saturday as they prepare for the season opener Friday night. The Sun-Star’s Shawn Jansen, Sean Lynch and Andrew Kuhn teamed up with The Modesto Bee’s James Burns, Joe Cortez and John Westberg to travel all over the map to provide snippets of info and images from various locales.
Buhach Colony coach Kevin Navarra chose to discontinue the school’s football camp after mixed reviews a year ago under California’s contact restrictions. The same held true for a number of schools. With the three-week dead period set to begin Monday, the end of the summer has an anticlimactic feel.
Former Gustine High football coach Russell McWilliams said his 3-year-old daughter is progressing following a three-vehicle collision in Redding on Wednesday. Two communities separated by 265 miles have helped comfort the family and a beloved football coach.
Gustine High School football coach Russell McWilliams, who helped turn around the Redskins’ fortunes and guided them to back-to-back Sac-Joaquin Section playoff appearances, is leaving the program to take the same position at Enterprise High in Redding, a Northern Section powerhouse just three years removed from a CIF state final appearance.