St Rita played in the sixth CYO Championship Football game in the school’s history and brought home the 2nd place trophy. The stands were packed with alumni who returned to show that Raider pride is a long tradition that can’t be beat. The regard and respect for Coach Randy Davies’ unwavering high standards for sportsmanship remains his number one priority. Former players, with their toddlers in hand, affirmed that his commitment to “play like champions” under tough conditions continues to be most important at St. Rita School. Randy Davies has been the Athletic Director at St. Rita School over 40 years turning down many offers to move on to more prestigious positions such as the director of CYO and high school athletics. He literally has written the CYO playbooks and established many of the league rules in all sports. This year, he took the lead again by implementing soft helmets for his players to protect the boys from head injuries.
In league , the Raiders finessed their way to victory over the Knights, but in the final game, Holy Family decided to stick to their physical brand of football and the Raiders couldn’t match up.The loss temporarily dims the glow of an outstanding season, but it is a condition that surely won’t last. The boys will soon remember that they captured the 2nd place title out of the 130 schools in the Archdiocese. They will know that they were league champions and that they had a 16 game winning streak. They will take pride in the fact that defeated a number of bigger and faster teams. Mostly, though, they will know that they played with passion and pride and never quit believing that they could win.
From the Coach: A number of people said they wanted to see me win that game and get that elusive CYO Football Championship. As a coach, I would surely loved to have won that game and claimed the championship, but I don’t measure my successes in those types of things. I get my greatest pride from watching our athletes succeed in high school and college. I love to have former athletes come back and tell me of the great job they have and of their wonderful spouses and children. In the end, I hope that their experience has given them a few tools to help them become better parents and citizens. Maybe experiencing a little disappointment, like this game, and having to overcome some challenges on the field will help them deal better with those things in life.
I wanted to win this game mostly because I wanted to see the boys accomplish something for which they worked so hard. To me, my reward though was looking up in the stands to see so many supporters. Parents were there to see their sons play. Classmates were their for their brothers and friends. Faculty and staff came to support their students and their school. Monsignor Richard, in his own time of difficulty, came to provide support to all of us. Former players came back to see if we could pull off the win this time. The fact that so many people cared what happened in this game, because they loved this program and this school, was my victory.
I have loved working with these kids. Every day of the season was fun for me, from practice to games. I owe a special debt of gratitude to Jim Nelson and Eddie Howard for their tireless hours of coaching with me. I don’t trust my kids to just anyone, but these are two fine men. Thanks also to our parents for driving to games and giving such unending support. It has been a special season! On to Basketball!
Monday – 11/11 - No School
Tuesday – 11/12 - Practice 3:00 – 4:30
Wednesday – 11/13 – Practice 3:00 – 4:30
Thursday – 11/14 – Practice 3:00 – 4:30
Friday – 11/15 - Practice 3:00 – 4:30
Saturday – 11/16 - Meet at St Paul High School at 11:15 for a 12:15 game. Gold Jerseys.
Sunday – 11/17 - Game at St Paul High School at 2:00 or 3:30. Arrival Time is TBD as is uniform color.
Mouthpieces are mandatory and must be worn at all practices and games beginning Monday 9/9.
St Rita’s Varsity Boys’ Football Team put together three good game to capture the championship of their tournament at La Salle High School. On Friday 10/11, they defeated St. Bernard of Los Angeles 48-0. They returned on Saturday morning to defeat long time nemesis, St Louise of Covina, 28-6. That afternoon, the Raiders played an outstanding Championship game to beat Holy Name of Mary (San Dimas), 30-13.
The front three of the Raiders defense (Blake Howard, Tim O’Neill and Bradley Noble) teamed up to thwart the tough running games of St Louise and Holy Name of Mary and Anthony Camacho returned an interception 75 yards for a score as defensive highlights. On offense, Luca Farroni teamed with Howard on several huge passing plays. Nick Zuniga continued his streak of games without a bad snap, now at 12 games and counting.
While the tournament championship was obviously a team effort, four Raiders were singled out for awards. Tim O’Neill, Bradley Nobel and Luca Farroni, as two-way starters who excelled on both sides of the ball, were named to the all-tournament team. Blake Howard for his all-around excellence on the field, was named Tournament MVP.
A special thank you goes out to all the parents who volunteered at the tournament. We cannot do these tournaments without your help. Thanks also to La Salle High School for allowing us to use their beautiful field.