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Herrington Bowl II

Coaches match wits in scrimmage

Posted: September 5, 2008 10:16 p.m.
Updated: November 7, 2008 5:00 a.m.

Hart High School head football coach Mike Herrington, walks around the football field Friday at Alemany High during a scrimmage in Mission Hills.

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It's still "weird" for Dean Herrington to look toward the opposing sideline and see his older brother.
Even now, as Herrington enters his third year at Alemany after a stint at College of the Canyons and a run of 10 Foothill League titles in 11 years as the offensive coordinator under his older brother Mike.

"When a Hart kid does something bad, I'm about ready to go, ‘Hey,' " said Dean Friday afternoon, motioning like he's getting ready to correct a mistake.

Barring an unlikely division reconfiguration, late August and early September are the only times you'll see the Herringtons roaming different sides of the football field.

Mike, standing on the field after Hart's scrimmage at Alemany, claims he's done scheduling private schools. But Dean acknowledges it's a family issue.

The brothers root for each other. They don't want the attention focused on them. Winning just isn't the same when you have to see a brother lose.

The third Herrington, Rick, a former defensive coordinator at Hart, joined Dean this year, so Alemany now leads in Herringtons.

Though the players wear different colors, sometimes the coaching staffs slip up.
"It's funny because last year (Hart assistant coach) Jason d'Autremont was getting ready to say something to us," Dean said. "It's like an intrasquad scrimmage out here when we play them."

For both head coaches, the scrimmage was a good way to assess their teams before the season starts. There's no bickering between the coaching staffs, and though the competition is fierce, there's no extracurricular activity.

"It makes it easier because if you didn't know who you were going against or you weren't familiar then things could be much more intense," Mike Herrington said. "We worry about coaching our kids and being intense with our kids but as far as the interaction with the other staff it's more relaxed than ever."

The elder Herrington called his team's performance average. The first team offense looked crisp with quarterback Spenser Souza going 4-for-6 for 50 yards in 12 plays. Souza also ran for 25 yards on three carries.

Herrington was concerned with his team's lack of conditioning, especially with a fast Palmdale team waiting for Hart's first regular season game. By the time Darren Sholes, who's battling for the quarterback spot, came in, the offense looked sluggish.

"(Souza) looked pretty good and unfortunately for Darren, I think the guys were a little tired, a little gassed, and mentally too," Mike Herrington said.

Sholes threw an interception and was nearly picked off two other times, ending his 12 play stint 1-for-5.
While Hart is still somewhat in flux under center, Dean Herrington, a noted quarterback guru, has highly touted signal caller David Metcalf under his wing. Metcalf threw the scrimmage's only touchdown, a 43-yard bomb. He did fumble twice, however, with Hart jumping on one.

Hart running back Demetri Diamond carried the ball five times for 14 yards, while his backfield mate Jake Stevens caught one pass and ran twice for five yards in addition to getting a sack on defense.

"We were definitely moving at first today, but there's a lot of things to be done with the blocking assignments and maybe iron some things before we face some real competition against Palmdale," Souza said.

After passing league, summer ball, and weeks of practice, Souza was ready for this.

"There's nothing better than getting out here in pads and actually getting some contact going," Souza said. "It's the best part of football. It's when real football starts."

Extra point
Dean Herrington wasn't completely surprised when his running back Antonio Bray returned to Canyon. But he wasn't totally ready to let go of the thought of having the speedy Bray in the backfield with another talented running back Malcolm Marable either.

"I don't think it was Antonio's decision," he said. "I really like the kid, he's a nice kid. It's disappointing because it looks like he's not going to be able play this year."

Bray, who played junior varsity at Canyon as a freshman before playing varsity at Alemany last season, is currently trying to gain eligibility at Canyon. He didn't play in the team's first game Friday against Bakersfield.

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