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BLUE HAWGS 2002-2003
Welcome to the Blue Hawgs Web Page!
Amazingly it has been almost two years since the last update to this webpage. Much has changed in our world since then – we have a new President that breaks all of the molds, we have the worst economy in our lifetimes, the destruction of the American dream (owning your home), and we have the unwavering spirit of the American people to move on with their dreams…
Our Blue Hawgs continue to move on as well… Josh and Brandon continue to pursue dreams of playing at higher levels of football, with both having graduated college paid for all or in large part by their incredible skills on the football field.
Brandon spent some of last year in the Oakland Raiders camp, however a nagging hamstring injury prevented him from making the team. Brandon continues to pursue his goals, and is currently playing Arena 2 football for the Peoria Pirates.
Josh spent some time during this year the weekend he graduated from ISU with the BC Lions of the Canadian Football League. Josh, and teammate Eddie Thompson had a great workout with the team. We await word on the possible opportunities Josh may get.
In the meantime, please enjoy this quick highlight tape of Brandon’s best week with the Peoria Pirates – a one game performance that earned Brandon AF2 Defensive Player of the Week, and was an incredible one man clinic – 4 interceptions, one fumble recovery in the endzone for a TD, and 2 of his interceptions returned for TD’s. This is in addition to the half dozen pass breakups he had as well as his share of tackles. This was a performance we are not surprised to see, and just solidifies the career Brandon had with the California Golden Bears that included a brief moment of being the number one college team in the nation.
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Our Blue Hawgs Brandon Hampton #3 and Josh Barnett (#2 above, #8 ISU) are in their Senior campaigns, continuing to do their thing, each having special seasons.
Hampton is currently part of a record setting Cal Bear team, now ranked # 6 in the nation at 4-0.
See these clips of Brandon Hampton in action:
Barnett is also doing well this year, scoring a 47 yard TD against the PAC-10 Oregon State Beavers. Josh needs just over 700 yards to become the ISU all time rushing leader.
See these latest clips of Josh in action:
Our Blue Hawgs Brandon Hampton #3 and Josh Barnett (#2 above, #8 ISU) are in their Senior campaigns, both doing exceptionally well.
Brandon is coming off a great junior year for the Cal Golden Bears in 2006, where he started in place of Donnie McClesky whom graduated and moved on into the NFL. Brandon answered the call of his critics by starting all 13 games in 2006 at the Rover position. In two years, Brandon had racked up 2 interceptions against Oregon, and added an interception against Tennessee in 2006. Coming into 2007, Cal was faced with having three starting safeties, and a shortage of experienced cornerbacks. Brandon was asked to sacrifice his starting role as Rover, where he was the returning tackling leader, and take his athleticism to the right corner position. Brandon responded by becoming the starter at this position, and in the season opener contributed to a great 45-31 victory as #12 Cal defeated #15 Tennessee.
Brandon finished the game with 11 tackles and one pass breakup. This was a good opening day, although it was hard to notice with all of the outstanding plays being made by the Cal team. The performance was good enough to get Cal into the #10 ranking for this week. Go Bears!
Joshua is also ready for a big year at Idaho State, kicking off the season in Pocatello against the Southern Oregon Red Raiders. Josh is just 998 yards from being ISU's all time rusher, which is highlighted by the fact Josh did not play in his first four games due to plans to redshirt him for 2004. After that late start, and other challenges, Josh is poised to do what he always does - set records. Even though Idaho State is in the Football Championship Subsection of Division I, the difference between FCS and the Football Bowl Subsection has been drastically reduced with the monumental upset of #5 Michigan by Appalachian State, the 2 time FCS champion for 2005 and 2006.
Josh is building up to a huge game against Oregon State on September 15th. A good outing against Oregon State gives Josh a measuring bar to other great PAC-10 running backs, who will be going up against OSU with allegedly better linemen. Josh finished 2006 with 1117 yards rushing, 6 TD's and All Big Sky Conference honors.
Stay tuned for more information on our active Blue Hawgs making their moves toward the next level, and their ultimate dreams.
Bigger pictures are viewable below...
Another year has gone by since I last updated the web page. The fellas are getting older, yet Josh and Brandon continue to represent the best of what the team was all about.
Brandon finally captured his number 3 for the Cal Bears, and has quietly played in 3 NCAA Division I post season bowl games, and been on nationally ranked teams the past three years as well. Finishing the season as PAC-10 Co-Champs with USC, the Golden Bears stomped the Texas A & M Aggies 45-10 in the Holiday Bowl.
Josh also continues to have great success running the ball for Idaho State, finishing the season with 1117 yards and the Big Sky’s 1st team All Conference RB. Josh was also ranked as high as 8th on the Division I-AA, or Football Championship Division as it is now known. Josh had a season high 179 yards against Portland State.
Here are a couple of pictures of Josh Barnett and Brandon Hampton from 2006, and one of Brandon from 2005. Note his number has changed from 5 to his signature #3, while Josh now wears his high school #8.
Big thanks to robspics.com for the Idaho State photos. AP photog Gardener took the Cal vs. Oregon picture. The Tennessee photo is from the mybearterritory.com website.
I can’t believe almost 2 years has transpired since I last updated the web page. The team has not played since May 2004, but there has been plenty to talk about. Everyone gets busy, and we don’t get the time to update things as we would like.
Our Blue Hawgs continue to represent in the football world. # 2 Josh Barnett has been a two year starting running back for the Idaho State University Bengals. Although missing the first 5 games of the 2004 season before his redshirt was pulled, Josh has managed to gain over 1200 yards for the Bengals. I have put together some of his footage from this year - Josh Barnett 2005 Clips
Not to be outdone, Blue Hawg # 3 Brandon Hampton also had a great sophomore year with the California Bears. Brandon has had the opportunity to play in the Pac 10 on a nationally ranked team for two seasons, and you can bet Cal will be ranked again this year with Brandon sure to see even more time on the field. You can see a few clips from Brandon here - Brandon Hampton 2005 Clips
The continued success of our active players shows the talent that was together on the field during the tournaments we competed in. The amazing thing is that they came together through youth football, and have had a chance to experience team sports on a scale many only get a chance to taste during their college years. We appreciated all of the cities we were fortunate to play in, all of the teams we were able to compete against, and all of the friends we made along the way. In fact, aside from hearing from a former competitor this week, we received an invitation from Coach Rocky of the L.A. based Buccaneers whom we have great games with. Coach Rocky has started his own tourneys in the Echo Park area, keeping the game alive and bringing it to another generation of kids. We couldn’t participate, but we were honored to be invited to this worthy event.
As a reminder, further down the page where the individual pictures of the players are, you can click on the pictures to access clips and still photos from prior games.
Good luck to all players still competing. Keep us posted by writing to firstname.lastname@example.org
For the second weekend in a row, the Blue Hawgs competed in the Competitive "A" division of the Let it Fly Southern California tournament, and posted a 4-2 record losing in the semi finals to G-Unit (The Firm), a Fast Action team out of San Diego. Our other loss came to FASports.com, another Fast Action team playing in our division. The lack of practice sessions going into these contests showed in the huge mental errors being made. For the second week, we failed to play for the division title.
On a positive note, the team won their 100th game in the 6 years we have competed on the circuit. Congratulations to the team.
This will conclude active play for the team until a time presents itself for them to practice before play, With at least 2 in college ball now, it will most likely be a long layoff.
35-5 in playoff games
16-2 in Championships
In a fashion the Blue Hawgs are unaccustomed to, the team was knocked out in the semi-final round after finishing first seed in our pool. The team posted a 4-2 record after going 4-0 and all seemed normal. Lack of practice sessions proved to be a critical element as the number of mistakes made allowing TD's was a problem all weekend long. In the adult 18-23 Competitive "A" division, the team with the most mental errors usually loses. We were not up to potential in the first loss to MOB, and in the semi-final match against Dirty South. The team was really hoping to avenge a loss to the Gators, a bay area team that cost us a title when they were 15 year olds in a 12 year old division. Unfortunately, as we were eliminated in the semi's, the Gators were also by a very good Scrubs squad.
34-4 in playoff games
16-2 in Championships
It is now official. The Blue Hawgs will unite for the first time this year at the Let it Fly contest next week, held in Hayward, CA. Use the Let it Fly link at the top of the page to get information on the location of the Bay Area contest. The team will also join up in Los Angeles May 1st to compete in the Southern California Let it Fly contest in Temecula, CA. This is likely the last time for a while that Coach will get to scream at his favorite young men heading in different directions on the road of life...
Yesterday, April 17th, Cal Berkeley held their Spring Practice final practice session, which included 11 on 11 contests. Blue Hawg Brandon Hampton had a very good spring camp, including several good runs at RB for the Bears. The following text was from an interview with Head Coach Tedford:
"J.J. Arrington, the Pac-10's leader in yard-per-carry average (5.7) last year, reported to spring ball in great shape and did nothing to alter his heir apparent status as Adimchinobe Echemandu's replacement at tailback. While still listed deep on the depth chart, one walk-on who has surprised in spring camp is redshirt freshman Brandon Hampton (Westchester High in Los Angeles)."
The complete interview can be found here: Tedford Pleased With Progress Of Young Players During Spring Football Drills :: Head coach cites some pleasant surprises and standout performers during the spring.
Although Arrin will not be making the trip North this weekend, he will be representing the Blue Hawgs at the San Diego Nike Camp next Saturday. We look forward to Arrin participating in the Southern California Let it Fly contest on May 1st, 2nd.
Until schedules are posted on the Let it Fly website, we will not know which division the team will be placed in. The likely placement will be either the Recreational or Competitive division.
All players need to stay in contact with Coach to insure a smooth trip North this week. Do not wait until the last minute.
Memory Lane: A look back at the past up to the present... Year by Year - How they grew...
Will the Blue Hawgs re-unite one more time before the college years take them different ways?
We are currently trying to get the team back together once or twice more to compete in the Bay Area and Southern California Let it Fly Tournaments taking place April 24th - 25th, and May 1st - 2nd.
The team is also qualified to return to Florida to defend their National Title at the Let it Fly Finals in Lakeland, Florida. Due to the difficulty in getting the team back together, it is highly unlikely the team can make that trip.
It is hard to believe that nearly a year has passed since this page was last updated. Since then, Brandon and Lance are off to college as freshman, and Joshua finished his senior year as one of the top running backs in California with an outstanding 2300+ yards rushing, 40 TD's, a 14-0 Championship run, and back to back All CIF-SS 1st team RB selections. Josh is headed off to Idaho State to lend his RB services at the next level. Lee, Anthony, and Jeffery all played their senior seasons and represented the Blue Hawgs well. Arrin will be a senior in 2004, and we expect big things out of him.
With any luck, the team can find the strength to come together, and push their wins into the triple digits before putting the uniforms in deep storage.
To the team: Contact Coach to find out what's going on.
Blue Hawgs Crowned LIF National Champions - Division 24 17 Yr Olds
Your Blue Hawgs complete a long and tiring 7 game session to finish 7-0 and picking up their 2nd National Championship honors in two weekends. The team fought a stubborn Who's Next, the Tampa Bay LIF 2003 Division winner in the 17 yr old bracket, in a 26-20 thriller. Despite suffering a bout of argumentative, hardheaded play, your Blue Hawgs pulled it together to break a 20-20 tie to go ahead 26-20, and hold the opponent out of the end zone in a valiant last stand. Who’s Next came out to prove why they were Division Champions, forcing the team to step up our level of play.
Saturday’s Game Scores:
1. Who’s Next 28-6 BH 2. Tornadoes 33-12 BH 3. Vipers 23-12 BH
Sunday’s Game Scores:
4. Lauderhill 29-6 BH 5. Loose Boys 28-0 BH
Blue Hawgs (1st Place) vs Vipers (4th Place) 33-13 BH
Blue Hawgs (1st) vs. Who’s Next (2nd – forfeit semifinal by Loose Boys) 26-20 BH
The team was also interviewed by the Sunshine Network, a Florida sports channel. The interview should air during playback of the LIF Nationals, 5/31/03 at 1pm. Sunshine Network is carried by DirecTV on channel 632.
Big Thanks go to Clay and Mark Cates & the LIF staff for keeping tabs on the team and making sure our event was an enjoyable one.
34-3 in playoff games
16-2 in Championships
Team News - L.A. Invades Lakeland...
Your Blue Hawgs have arrived at the Let-it-Fly Nationals in Lakeland, FL and cannot wait to enter competition. The location is seemingly out of civilization, however the sleepy town of Lakeland has a very beautiful soccer complex, and the LIF fields are unbelievable. The team took a moment to capture the essence of the scene for time to remember:
Tournament Updates / Team News
Your Blue Hawgs will be at the Let-it-Fly Nationals in Lakeland, FL this weekend. (Lake Parker Soccer Complex) For details on the tournament location, please visit the Let-it-Fly link at the top of this page and look under Nationals. The team will be competing in the Youth 17 yrs division. Wish us luck! For more detailed information, you may use the e-mail link at the lower end of this page. Update: The unofficial Nationals schedule can be viewed or printed from this link: Let-it-Fly Nationals Schedule 2003 - 17 yr Division #24 This will give the team the first game time, and an idea of the format.
Blue Hawgs Crowned Quickstrike National Champions!
Congratulations to our players for reaching one of the team's goals - To win a National Tournament. Not only did the Blue Hawgs achieve this goal, the team did it against mature players. Your Blue Hawgs are the 2003 Quickstrike National Champions for the High School / Recreation Division. The team defeated a stubborn Fast Action league team, Mixed Up, 36-34 in a 32 minute game. Some of the players on this team were part of the Showtime squad that defeated us last year in the L.A. Avengers Quickstrike tourney at the Staples Center. The competition faced this tourney will hopefully strengthen the team for the final appearance of 2003, the Let-It-Fly Nationals. Also, a very special Thank You to Chuck Price and the entire staff of Quickstrike / Fast Action for always treating the Blue Hawgs as a part of the tour, and not just a customer. Your kind words of encouragement and treatment will be forever remembered by this group of young men, and will be one of the stones of their foundations of life. You have watched these players grow in your events, achieve top honors in HS football, and return every year to your program. Throughout the years, they have all expressed great respect for the man they simply refer to as "Chuck". Respect is not given, it is earned. Needless to say that you have earned deep respect. May our paths cross again in the future, and all of the best wishes to your future ventures.
The overall team record as of 5/18/03 now stands at:
32-3 in playoff games
15-2 in Championships
Tournament Updates / Team News
Blue Hawgs Players: We will have mandatory practice this Saturday afternoon, 5/3. We may have live practice action with recreational teams in Cerritos. Stay in touch... Our next tournament is 5/17, Quickstrike Nationals, Cerritos. The L.A. LIF was cancelled yesterday due to low registration - only 50 teams total signed up to play. 5/17,18 is the QuickStrike Nationals in Cerritos... and finally, 5/23 we visit the LIF Nationals... Time is short, so we must get together this weekend... Make sure your parents are in the loop. They have one chance left to see the Blue Hawgs play, at the Quickstrike Nationals. Coach Jackson
Tournament Updates / Team News
Blue Hawgs Players: We will have mandatory practice this Saturday, 4/26. Our next tournament is 5/03, Let-it-fly Los Angeles. The 4/26 Bay area LIF trip is off, due to no practice. No practice, no play... The Los Angeles LIF tourney on 5/3 at the Rose Bowl Fields... 5/18 is the QuickStrike Nationals in Cerritos... and finally, 5/23 we visit the LIF Nationals... Time is short, so we must get together this weekend... Make sure your parents are in the loop... I will have letters on Saturday... Coach Jackson
Joshua Barnett shines at 2003 USC Nike Camp
Congratulations to Josh for posting the 2nd fastest 40 yard dash time at this year's Nike Camp at USC, clocking in at 4.38. Even his North teammates were quoted this week as saying they didn't know Josh was that fast. Coach Jackson believes that if Josh would have been set to run against the top 40 yard dash winner, he might have finished first. Josh is known for only running as fast as needed.
Anthony Bell also attended the invitational camp, and despite a terrible start in the 40, Bell recovered and passed up the pack to register a 4.68 time. Bell looked good in his drills however, and is receiving plenty of attention from his HS coach.
As time grows short in the school year, we are awaiting confirmation on the schools Brandon Hampton and Lance Stubbs will be attending next year. Hamp is leaning toward California - Berkeley, and Lance has not yet informed us of his decision. We wish our Senior Blue Hawgs good luck in their continuing education.
Given the example Josh has set, it is very possible that the Blue Hawgs feature at least 3 players of 4.4 or better speed, and possibly the entire crew clocking in under 4.7 or 4.8. Now that we have a benchmark, we will have to verify the differences in the players.
Blue Hawgs fizzle out in Los Angeles Quickstrike
Trying to compete in 2 one day tournaments back to back was a bad idea. Our day began with a 22-20 last play loss to the runner up LE Pack Devil Kings. We continued to play out of sync and shape against the Troops, who scored a last second TD to defeat your Blue Hawgs 26-21. Our only win of the day was over So Cal's finest, 16-15 in double OT. Congratulations to the Pack Devil Kings and the Troops, Division 5 Champions for 2003. This was our first L.A. tournament defeat, and only the 2nd out of 18 tourneys that we did not play for the title. Since we qualified for the Quickstrike Nationals in May, we hope to play these teams at full strength for the Youth National Championship. The overall record as of 3/30/03:
31-3 in playoff games
14-2 in Championships
Blue Hawgs win 2003 San Diego Quickstrike Division 5 Title
After fighting through a grueling one day schedule, your Blue Hawgs manage to log a 5-0 record and win the San Diego Tourney. The highlight of the day was an impressive win over the Red Riders, 36-13. Semi-finalist Blackout, whom has competed in many of the tourneys we attend also put up a good fight in the semi-final match, losing to the Blue Hawgs 27-13. The overall record as of 3/29/03:
31-3 in playoff games
14-2 in Championships
Los Angeles Quickstrike is reportedly rescheduled for this Sunday!
Due to problems with field reservations, the 3/23 Quickstrike L.A. tourney was postponed until Sunday 3/30/03. We are going to have a busy weekend, with the San Diego Quickstrike being held on Saturday, 3/29. Two tourneys in one weekend... The boys wanted more games, now they have them... In L.A., we have a full 8 team division, including familiar opponents - The Buccaneers, and the L.E. Pack Devil Kings. The Kings have played us under two other team names, so we know who we have to deal with... Stay tuned!
I have spoken with Fast Action, and the dual tourneys are confirmed for this weekend. Let's get it on!
Attention Blue Hawgs: Talk to coach about the latest info on the LIF Nationals.
2002 CIF Selections Announced
The California Interscholatic Federation and CIF-City Section have announced the 2002 All-CIF and All-City teams. We are proud to have two of our Blue Hawgs selected as members of the 1st Team squads. For the All-CIF Combined Team - All Divisions, Joshua Barnett was selected as a 1st team running back, giving Division V 2 of the coveted 1st team RB selections, with Terrell Jackson of Corona Centennial joining Josh in the RB category. Team mate Damon Morton of JW North was also included in the 1st Team offense selection as a receiver. Visit the CIF Southern Section website and look under student awards for the complete listing. Congratulations to Joshua. We're very proud of your accomplishments.
In the City Section, Brandon Hampton was named to the 1st Team All-City 2002 team as a running back. Despite a tough year with his Westchester Comets, Brandon delivered some of the City Section's best single game performances. Congratulations to Brandon. We're very proud of your accomplishments.
Phoenix LIF 2003 Results
Despite the best efforts of worthy opponents, your Blue Hawgs bring home a unbelievable 5th straight Let it Fly title in the Phoenix tour. After beginning the day with an impressive 28-6 over the Untouchables, then continued on to win the remaining 3 games to post a 6-0 record for the tournament. The team outscored opponents 180 - 48, giving your Blue Hawgs and impressive 30 points average scored, and average 8 points allowed. The overall record as of 1/19/03:
29-3 in playoff games
13-2 in Championships
Phoenix LIF 2003 Update...
Your Blue Hawgs have made the trek across the desert and have finished the first day of competition, going 2-0 on the day in Division 30, Youth 16yrs. The division is comprised of 10 teams: Blue Hawgs, Untouchables, New Age Demons, Bonairs, Spartans, and in the lower bracket, Carnations, Trojans, Falcons, K.O.K, and Broncos.
Sunday morning will begin with a rematch of last years Phoenix Quickstrike 2002 tourney, where the Untouchables pulled off the upset victory for the first time in four or five games. Both teams are 2-0 going into the contest which should prove to be a good game.
The Spartans became the first victims of the tourney, being handled in a 29-0 contest. The New Age Demons did somewhat better by putting up 12 points in a 30-12 decision. Be sure to look for updated pictures in the player pages next week. Arrin has returned to action, and made some of his best 4 on 4 plays of his Blue Hawg career during the first two games, with a amazing 4 blocked passes, and a circus diving one-hand interception off of one block. Anthony Smith-Dixon (10) joined the team as the 6th man this weekend. Already Smith-Dixon has given QB's reasons to alter pass trajectories.
Blue Hawgs Prepare to Defend Titles...
The time has arrived for your Blue Hawgs to head back to the land of Phoenix to defend the four straight LIF titles we have in the desert oasis. Almost a year to the day, the team hopes to return with a 5th straight title. The team will be competing in the 16 yr old bracket. We could either be at the top of a younger division, or the bottom of an older division. Either way, the goal is the same. Shoot for perfection, and bring home the trophy. The team is looking good, and ready to hit the road. Road Trip! Who will be the victims? Stay tuned...
Happy New Year's to the Flag Football world...
A special hello to Coach Rocky Romero and his Buccaneers. The Blue Hawgs received a very kind message from Coach Romero upon his discovery of this webpage. As one of our local rivals, the Bucs have not only been strong on the field, they have displayed a team unity much like our own. It has always been my observance that Coach Romero has given just as much if not more dedication to his team as I have to mine. I'm glad to hear from the Bucs, and wish you another successful campaign. Just one thing: I wish ours is equal or better, in the event we are paired up again. Hey, we all fight to finish on top!
Note to Blue Hawgs: Practice every Saturday as scheduled in your team letter.
Congratulations to Joshua for being selected 1st team offense Ivy league, PE.com All Riverside County first team RB. Josh finished the season with 1620 yards, 26 TD's, and had nine consecutive 100+ yard games. Josh also scored 3 TD's in the Div. V championship with 183 yards on 22 carries. Had he been given 5 more carries, he would possibly have picked up a 4th TD and a second CIF ring...
The HS Football playoffs have ended for Blue Hawgs members, with Josh being dethroned from the Division V title in a 55-57 shootout loss tonight. Moe lasted until the quarterfinals, when Bishop Amat lost to Los Alamitos, 30-24. Brandon and Lance were ousted of the L.A. City section Invitational series by the champion Narbonne Gauchos. Congratulations for all of the boys making the playoffs. Now, let's set our sights on Let it Fly Phoenix in January.
It's week two of the HS Football playoffs, and Blue Hawgs continue to represent on teams still alive. Click a picture above for video clips of the players, both in and out of pads!
Joshua (2) takes the lead with a 5-0 league finish for the North Huskies, and a 32-0 first round win to advance in the Division V CIF Southern Section playoffs. Next opponent: at Temecula Chaparral, Friday 11/29/02 7:30pm.
Brandon (3) and Lance (7) of the Westchester Comets advance in the City Section Invitational bracket, after retiring the Garfield Bulldogs 13-9. Next opponent: Home versus Narbonne, Wednesday 11/27/02 7pm.
Moe (4, not pictured) has the biggest game of the season for a Blue Hawg so far - The Bishop Amat Lancers in their turnaround act of the season are on a 3 game winning streak and are increasingly turning up the offensive heat. The Lancers face the California top rated team by Calpreps - the Los Alamitos Griffins, in the Division I second round playoffs. Amat is coming off a 42-35 OT win over the Redlands Terriers, in which our Moe Vasquez suffered a sprained back late in the game, but is expected to be back in action with the Amat linebacking core this week. The scene at Keifer Stadium on the Amat campus will be a standing only event, with some 5000+ fans squeezing into the stadium. 7:30pm Friday 11/29/02. Go Amat Lancers!
The rest of the Blue Hawgs crew is waiting for the Championships to be held, so that we can return to the 4 on 4 circuit. Our plan is to be in Phoenix next week, but with so many of the team still alive in the playoffs, we may not be able to commit. Stay tuned!
Congratulations to the MisFits for taking the Let-it-Fly Las Vegas Title. The Blue Hawgs are proud of you, and are glad to have you in our lives. Good Luck the rest of the way!
Joshua (2) is 4-0 in Ivy League play, and is over 1000 yards for the season. A couple of weeks ago, Josh had 181 yards and 2 TD's in 7 carries before a hip pointer had him sit out the rest of the second quarter and game. The local newspaper reported that had he not been injured, he probably would have had one of the top rushing performances in the Southern Section this year. Brandon (3) is at or near 1000 yards for the season, racking up over 274 yards in one game so far. Arrin (12) is over 600 yards for the year as a sophmore in the Olympians double wing offense. Anthony (20) has been slowed by injuries on a struggling Cougar team. Moe (4) is doing well at linebacker for an Amat Lancer team just a bit undermanned for a vicious league grouping that features possibly 5 teams going to the Division 1 playoffs. Any of these teams including Amat are capable of going all the way. According to Calpreps.com power ratings, Amat is the lowest rated team in the Serra League, which is only about 6 points lower than Long Beach Poly, the number 8 team in the USA Today national poll. Calpreps.com rates 3 Serra League teams stronger than Poly, and one just tenths below. By contrast, Serra's lowest rated team, Amat, is stronger than all Moore league teams, except Poly. Who's the strongest rated Division 1 team in the Southern Section? How about Los Alamitos, which is also USA Today's #18 team. Check out Calpreps.com if you haven't been there. Great information, and they have a predict the preps contest, where yours truly, Coach Jackson is the # 1 game predictor in the State, Southern, and Central Sections. I only started in week 5 or 6, and the computer's data is much harder to outsmart as more data is collected. Every team and projected score is based upon the results of every 11 man team in California. When calpreps rates a team, it has been figured upon how they match up head to head, against common opponents, and against all of the opponent's results as well. The system has picked many games right on the money, or off by 1 point.
The 2002 High School football season is in full swing, and members of the Blue Hawgs are representing themselves well on their respective teams...
Joshua (2) is defending his Southern Section Division 5 title, and has 132 yards and 2 TD's in his first game. Visit the Riverside Press-Enterprise for information on J.W. North football.
Brandon (3) and Lance (7) are 2 way starters at Westchester. See the Daily Breeze for info on the Comets.
Arrin (12) has posted 122 yards rushing so far this season with the Leuzinger Olympians. Visit the Daily Breeze for info on the Olympians' season.
Anthony (20) is the featured tailback for the Hawthorne Cougars. Visit the Daily Breeze for info on the Cougars football team.
Moe (4) is representing at Middle Linebacker for the Bishop Amat Lancers. Visit the San Gabriel Valley Tribune for info on the Lancers season.
You will also find info on these schools on the Los Angeles Times Sports pages, as Joshua was mentioned in the Southern Section Games of the Week article for September 19, 2002.
There are pictures on this site for each player from 4 on 4 into High School action. Click on the player pictures for access to their individual pages. Hold your mouse over the pictures for descriptions of each shot, if available.
The Quickstrike L.A. Avengers tournament came to a conclusion on 7/6 with the Blue Hawgs coming up short in a 28-14 loss to Showtime, a last minute replacement for the no-show Caution team.
In a very close game in which your Blue Hawgs had one touchdown called out of bounds in the end zone, and another coast to coast bomb dropped in the end zone, we still had a chance to send the game into overtime with a final drive that gave the team three chances to score from the 15 yard line after a pass from Jeffery to Leroy resulted in a first and goal situation. On the third play, a interception was thrown resulting in the last touchdown for Showtime and clinched the victory as time expired. Congratulations to Showtime for winning the tournament and taking home the prize.
Congratulations to our boys as well for making this yet another title that had to pass through the Blue Hawgs to be taken. Our overall record sits at:
27-3 in playoff games
12-2 in Championships
Only one tournament we did not participate in the final game. That is 14 title games in 15 tries.
Check the player pages for updated pictures, including the Staples Center and Josh's RING...
Until next season, good luck to all players in your regular seasons.
After enduring a tough, competitive tournament, your Blue Hawgs survived the slugfest once again and will now advance to the High School Division Championship of the L.A. Avengers Quickstrike Tournament, to be held at the Staples Center, July 6th, 2002 immediately following the L.A. Avengers game. The Blue Hawgs are scheduled to compete against the North Torrance High Saxons Varsity squad. Entering the tournament under the name Caution, this team was undefeatable on the day, going 5-0, including the worst loss the Blue Hawgs have had to date, which was 46-12, or somewhere in that neighborhood. Given our team went into this event as true sophomores, 15,15,15, and two 16 year olds, we were good to score on our first two drives. After that point, Senior QB Kenny Brown and Junior Receiver Jeff Gray simply provided too much firepower for us to handle on this occasion. The pair led the rest of the Senior crew not only to number one status against a division of underclassmen, they also led North Torrance High to the Division XI finals, losing only to Santa Monica High 28-14 in the final, as well as 23-20 during the regular season. Therefore, considering we faced a serious group of questionable 17 year olds, we did good to score two drives in a row. (We believe Jeff Gray is 17, and highly talented)
Read the pre-season review on these talented football players at: www.dailybreeze.com/prpftbl/profiles/schools/northtorrance.html
Given that surprise buzz saw, the tournament was great. 3 Deep, aka Calabasas Cowboys, gave us a good run in a 25-20 game. The Buccaneers came out to play, and caught the Blue Hawgs sleeping to take a very competitive win. Showtime, the early favorite, played the Blue Hawgs to a race to the finish 23-20 Blue Hawg win. In the semi-final game, as the third seed, your Blue Hawgs faced the Buccaneers once more, and took the game in a 46-25 shootout to advance to the Championship round.
We thank all teams for a competitive, tough tournament. We know we'll see some again in the fall, and know what we have to prepare for. We survived to attend another Championship round, and we are grateful that we did. Any of the four teams could have been in this position.
The teams overall record as of 5/19/02 is:
One Championship left to play before this chapter is closed out.
The Blue Hawgs will be participating in this weekend's Quickstrike L.A. Avengers tournament. More information below.
The Blue Hawgs are a group of young men from Los Angeles, California, that have been playing organized football together for over 5 years. 4 team members played together for the Downey Razorbacks, and later the South Gate Rams of Orange County Junior All American Football. 3 members played for the Inglewood Sentinels, also of OCJAAF. The goal of OCJAAF is to provide organized sports for youth that not only provides competition against some of the best youth players in the country, but also the opportunity to make new friendships and to experience greater adventures in life.
As an OCJAAF coach for 5 years, I believe in that goal, and through the opportunities I experienced through OCJAAF, our paths crossed and led to the formation of this flag football team in 1997.
To date, the Blue Hawgs have been fortunate enough to participate in 13 out of 14 championship games, and have won 12 division championships. The teams overall record as of 1/20/02 is:
Attention Flag Players:
The Quickstrike Tournament is holding a L.A. Avengers sponsored tour in the L.A./Orange/Riverside areas, beginning in Pasadena on May 19th. The Blue Hawgs will be participating this weekend. Team schedules and gametimes are listed on the Quickstrike web page.
Highlights of the tour: A chance to play in the Championship game at Staples Center. For more information, see the Quickstrike links on this web page.
Look for short Real Video clips of Blue Hawg players on the player web pages. Click a picture of a player below.
As the team ages, the level of play in competition is becoming stronger and better. We take pride in every game we win, knowing that the teams we are playing are tougher every year.
The Blue Hawgs want to give special mention to the Calabasas Coyotes of Los Angeles, the Mesa Diablos of Phoenix, and the American Gladiators of the Bay Area for not only being great competitors, but great young men as well, keeping in touch with us and helping the concept of expanding friendships and showing respect for one another. There is the heat of the moment, the fire of competition, and the realization that we are all only as good as the competition we have. The Blue Hawgs respect all opponents we face, and enjoy the chance to compete. Now that all are in High School, even the boys themselves are in the tough position of having to oppose each other during the regular football season. This is not new, and the respect for each other as an opponent is even greater. When it is all over and done, they remain as one. Friends.
We would also like to send a special Thanks to Chuck Price & the staff at Quickstrike for treating us so well. Not to say that we aren't treated well by the LIF staff, because we are. Chuck goes the extra mile, and there is never any doubt that he has the player in mind. At least with the Blue Hawgs, that is the case. For official information on Let-it-Fly or Quickstrike, click on the links at the top of this page.
Note: The Blue Hawgs will not be at the Bay Area event, and due to the uncertainty of the remaining Let-it-Fly events, we will not attempt the Let-it-Fly Nationals. (2001-2002 tour)
Look for us later this year in the post football season tournaments, and the individual pages will be updated with more pictures. Click one of the pictures above to access the players pages. Good Luck to all teams continuing to play this year.
BLUE HAWGS 2001-2002
BLUE HAWGS 2000-2001