Top 5 storylines for Long Beach football fans to follow
The state that produced Tom Brady, Jared Goff and Julian Edelman is also in the thick of national trends that are fueling a decline in football participation, largely because of concerns over head injuries and competition from less aggressive sports.
Turner starred in high school at St. John Bosco. He spent the 2016 season at Long Beach City College before joining Cal.
The league that governs local high school sports has enacted new rules this year that officials hope will reduce the number of hits to the head, while maintaining popularity and interest in the sport.
After establishing himself at Long Beach Poly and being called a “once-in-a-lifetime” athlete by his Poly head coach Raul Lara, wide receiver John “JuJu” Smith-Schuster chose to play college ball at USC. Smith-Schuster took a few moments away from his preparation for this weekend’s game against the Oregon Ducks to answer a few questions for the Long Beach Post.
After being forced to forfeit three League games due to an ineligible transfer player, being on the losing end of an envelope draw to determine the Moore League’s third CIF playoff berth and being passed over by the CIF for an at-large playoff spot, Poly fought every second during their last game of the season, culminating in a vindictive 70-3 victory over Millikan.
Long Beach City College (LBCC) has taken the top spot in state and Southern California junior college football rankings, the school announced today.
Hershel Dennis was part of what many still consider one of the greatest classes of high school prospects to come out of one school in the same year. Long Beach Poly’s 2001 roster was littered with top-end talent destined for Division I college programs. Nearly every level of the team could boast an All-American or All-Everything position player.
The mysterious departure of UCLA sophomore punter Sean Covington from the school’s football roster has opened up an opportunity for Long Beach City College transfer Matt Mengel, a coveted kicker who will most likely begin the season as the Bruins’ starter.
When last week’s National Football League draft ended, Joel Bitonio of Wilson High School was the only Long Beach area prospect that had the pleasure of hearing his name called by Commissioner Roger Goodell but he wasn’t the only one to end up on an NFL roster.