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The Legacy of John Madden

By Nathaniel Enciso and Damian Murillo

The legacy of John Madden is being one of the best coaches out of all coaches the Raiders ever had. This is particularly impressive when you consider that the Raiders was the only team he ever coached and was the coach for the Oakland Raiders from 1969 to 1978. Since then, this team is now the Las Vegas Raiders. At the time John was coaching, he was one of the best in the league. However, as good as he was at his job, he didn’t get into the Hall of Fame until 2006, many years after his retirement from playing football in 1958. Unfortunately, John Madden passed away at the age of 85 due to unidentified causes in his home in Pleasanton, California on December 28, 2021.

Before John Madden coached for the NFL, he coached college football at California Polytechnic State University for 3 years (1959-1961). The first year John coached the Raiders, he led them to a 12-1-1 record; they were first in the AFL western division, but lost the AFL Championship Game. After a couple of years of getting into the playoffs and losing, finally John Madden led the Oakland Raiders to their first Super Bowl win in 1976. Madden retired after the 1978 NFL season when he couldn’t take the Raiders to the playoffs. During his 10-year coaching career the combined record for wins, losses, and ties was 103-32-7, so you can say that his time as a coach was pretty impressive.

After Madden retired as a coach, he became a commentator for the NFL in 1979. His voice was broadcast from all the four major sports networks: CBS, FOX, ABC, and NBC. John Madden was a great coach, commentator, and father. He has two kids, Joseph Madden who was born in 1954, and Michael Madden, who was born in 1958. His children were in their late sixties when their father passed. This is the great legacy of John Madden and one that should and will forever be remembered.

Eagles Football Ends on a High Note

By Pedro Torres

John Glenn High School played their last football game of the 2021 season on Friday, October 29 against the Pioneer High School Titans and came home victorious by a final score of 31-26, ending the season on a high note.

One of the two major highlights of the first quarter was when John Glenn kick returner Manny Sigala scored on a kickoff return, running 99 yards for a touchdown! Then, minutes later, Iona Young capped off a 62-yard drive with a touchdown run, tying the score at 13-13. Fans were in for a good game as John Glenn and Pioneer were neck and neck when the first quarter came to a close.

During the second quarter, the Eagles were close to defeat. Pioneer had scored two touchdowns, pushing their lead to 26-13. All of a sudden, senior athlete Richard Ramos returned an interception and scored a touchdown, bringing the Eagles to within a touchdown at 26-19 at halftime.

The biggest play, however, finally came when junior Mikel Udengwu returned an interception 77-yards for a touchdown, his pick-6 bringing the Eagles to within one at 26-25, leaving the crowd on their toes.

The Eagles and Titans were head to head, but Pioneer had the lead by one point. During the final minutes of the fourth quarter, senior quarterback Natanael Jacobo scored the final touchdown after an 80-yard drive making the comeback complete. After a couple of key defensive stops, the Eagles secured the win for John Glenn High School at 31-26, improving their overall record to 3-7, and finishing in third place in the 605 League with a 1-2 record behind league champions Cerritos (3-0; 5-6 overall) and Artesia High (2-1; 2-9 overall).

JGHS Football Round-Up (10/28/21)

By Pedro Torres

John Glenn’s Varsity Football team overall record this year is 2 – 7, and they are 0-2 in The 605 League. Although our Eagles are facing losses, they do not plan on giving up and will give it their all on the field.

On September 24th, 2021, our Eagles were up against Hawthorne, they put up a great  game but finished on the losing end of a 48-34 game. In the first half, our players were positive minded and never thought of giving up, they completed passes and moved the chains. John Glenn had an excellent start in the 2nd half against Hawthorne, better than the 1st half, it was surely a very close game and they were head to head most of the time.

The week after the Hawthorne game, the Eagles faced off against Covina and unfortunately lost. “John Glenn did not give up and all our players kept a positive attitude and gave it their all,” says kicker Jimmy Torres. 

On Friday, October 8th, 2021, it was our homecoming game and the Eagles were up against Garden Grove. Even though the Eagles lost the Homecoming Game our players did not give up so easily and were always giving it their all. After the game the Homecoming King and Queen were announced.

 A huge congratulations to Natanael Jacobo and April Zavala, both amazing students here at John Glenn High School for being nominated as Homecoming King and Queen.

In the first 605-League game against Artesia, the Eagles lost 32-14. John Glenn and Artesia were head to head during the first and second half of the game but eventually lost the lead. Finally, last Thursday against Cerritos, the Eagles offense put up some good numbers, but Glenn ultimately lost by a final score of 52-31.

Please join us Friday October 29th, for our last football game of the 2021 season, here at John Glenn High School Stadium against the Pioneer Titans (1-7; 0-2 in league). It is senior night, with festivities set to begin at 6:30pm. Kickoff is at 7:00pm.

Eagles Football Recap (10/14)

By Pedro Torres

The John Glenn Varsity football team is 2-5 after 7 preseason games, including losses in our Mayor’s Cup game against Norwalk, and the Homecoming Game on October 8 vs Garden Grove. Despite the Eagles’ current record, the games don’t count until October 15 when 605 League play begins.

The first game of the season started off with an amazing win. On August 27th, John Glenn High School football team won by a score of 40-8 against Firebaugh (from Lynwood) which would kick off a great season for our returning athletes.

The following game, on September 3rd, the Eagles played their first home game of the year and beat Cabrillo by a score of 22-6.

During an interview with the players, I asked, ”How does the team work together to execute a win?” Wide receiver and kicker, Jimmy Torres explained, “We won games due to us executing the game plan and going on the field doing everything that was told to us.” Jimmy Torres and Fabian Avalos also wanted to mention that Iona Young, one of the players on the team, “Has raw talent and is an amazing athlete. He is quick and runs through holes made by our offensive line.”

Sadly, on September 10th, their two win streak was put to an end by Bonita Vista, with a devastating score of 41-6. Although we lost that game, Richard Ramos, a linebacker and an outstanding athlete, had an amazing performance that night, scoring his first touchdown. With pressure on our players, The Mayor’s Cup game against Norwalk High School was the week after their big loss.

With hope that our school will be victorious once again, all of a sudden during the Mayor’s Cup Game, at around 8:24 p.m. there was a 4.3 magnitude earthquake in Carson, California, that shook all of Los Angeles County. Students that attended the Mayor’s Cup Game say they did not feel the earthquake because of all the commotion and intensity at the game. When the dust settled, Norwalk had snatched back the Mayor’s Cup for the first time in three years after a decisive 51-7 victory.

The Eagles are looking to get back on track when 605-league play begins Friday, October 15. The final home game of the season will take place on October 29.

Pictures courtesy WeAreEagles, JGEaglesAthletics, and _JGHS_Football_ on Instagram

Eagle Football Returns

By D.Higgins

Sometimes, when you start by taking even the smallest step, life has a way of reminding you that things are going to be okay if you just keep going.

Walking into John Glenn High School Stadium on Friday, March 26 was not only a return to a place that had not held a football game since October 18, 2019, it was also a return to a rare, official, in-person school event during the time of the Covid virus. As we enter the tail-end of this once-in-a-century pandemic, a small crowd of dedicated students, athletes, cheerleaders, alumni, parents, teachers, and staff, showed up to cheer on the Eagles in their 605-League contest against the Cerritos Dons.

Even the security guards and administrators greeted guests at the gates with smiling eyes, voices muffled behind their masks and agreeing that, “It’s so nice to see you again.” Fans politely clapped and cheered, proud of their Eagles for showing up and doing their best for new head coach, Mr. David Cruz.

By all accounts, everything went smoothly. People cooperated by wearing masks, keeping socially distant from others, and coming in and out of the stadium with orderly understanding. There were no major injuries to report, players were largely respectful, and everybody in attendance got to experience an honest-to-goodness football game under Friday night lights on a beautiful spring evening. What more can you ask?

The results of the game are secondary to the uniqueness of the event. It doesn’t really matter that the visiting Dons ran roughshod over the Eagles young defense, rushing for six touchdowns by halftime. The powerful Cerritos attack was led by junior running back Connor DeFrain, whose 2 touchdowns matched starting quarterback David Sagun for the team lead. By the time it was over, the scoreboard read that the visitors won by a final score of 56-0.

With only six seniors on the roster–led by quarterback Matthew Huxtable, wide receiver Rafael Valdez, and team captain Anthony Lira–this young Eagles team has a long way to go to reclaim the glory of 605-League Championships and CIF Playoff appearances.

But, in the end, the important part is that they took that important first step. Didn’t we all?

NFL News Round-Up

By Evelyn Aquino

Raiders player Maurice Hurst tested positive for Covid-19 on Tuesday, October 06 and was placed on the Raiders Covid-19 reserve list. Hurst’s positive test was not related to one of the 10 players who had been fined a total of $165,000 by the NFL after failing to follow coronavirus protocols at a charity event on Monday, October 05.

In a statement from the NFL, they wrote, “Protocol violations that result in virus spread requiring adjustments to the schedule or otherwise impacting other teams will result in additional financial and competitive discipline, including the adjustment or loss of draft choices or even the forfeit of a game.”

Hurst (left: USA TODAY Sports) was removed from the Covid-19 list on October 20, and since that time, the Raiders have gone 2-1, moving into playoff position in the crowded AFC, sitting at 5-3 and in 2nd place in the AFC West.

•Local NFL Teams Through Week 9:

The Los Angeles Rams are 5-3 and in 2nd place in the NFC West.

The Rams are coming off a bye in Week 9 hoping to rebound after a disappointing 28-17 loss to the Miami Dolphins.

The Los Angeles Chargers are 2-6 and in 4th place in the AFC West.

The Chargers are struggling without long time QB Philip Rivers, including a heartbreaking, last-second 31-30 loss to the Denver Broncos during Week 8.

•Three exciting Thanksgiving Day match-ups on November 26, Week 12:

  • Houston Texans vs Detroit Lions at 9:30am on CBS
  • Washington vs Dallas Cowboys at 1:30pm on FOX
  • Baltimore Ravens vs Pittsburgh Steelers at 5:20pm on NBC