Here are the nominees for SBLive’s California High School Coach of the Week 10-12 November how nominated by fans, readers and staff of SBLive. Read through the nominees and cast your vote below. Voting closes at 11:59pm on Sunday November 20th and the winner will be announced on either Monday November 21st or Tuesday November 22nd. If you would like to nominate a coach, please email [email protected] or tag us on Twitter or Instagram @SBLiveCA.
Last week’s winners: Tracy McNair, San Diego-Morse
THIS WEEK’S CALIFORNIA COACHES OF THE WEEK NOMINATED:
Chris Bandy, Frontier Bakersfield: The Titans shocked Central Section Division 2 natives Kingsburg with a 38-35 win after a game-winning field goal from Ryder Crane-Finch. Frontier, who entered game #15 in CS, improved to 8-4. Kingsburg, No. 9 in the section, finished 9-2.
Tom Crawford, Santa Barbara Bishop Diego: Under Crawford, Bishop Diego defeated undefeated El Modena in the Division 3 Southern Section playoffs, 31-21.
Wally Grant, Blythe-Palo Verde Valley: Grant’s team rushed for 406 yards in a 27-21 playoff win at La Jolla Country Day.
Michael Hobbs, Oceanside-El Camino: El Camino trailed behind Helix in the playoff game between the two teams in the Division 1 San Diego Section, but the Wildcats hit back and won 19-14 to advance to the semifinals.
Chad Johnson, Mission Viejo: A year after losing 62-16 to Corona Centennial in the Quarterfinals of the Division 1 Southern Section, Johnson’s team faced the Huskies again in the same game last Friday and walked away with a 31-28 victory. The win is arguably Johnson’s best as head coach to date.
Andy Moran, Los Angeles-Eagle Rock: Moran called No. 8 Eagle Rock’s 38-31 first-round win over No. 1 San Pedro in the Open Division LA City Section playoffs “the greatest win I’ve ever been a part of.” The Eagles won the game in overtime.
James Peterson, Turlock: Peterson’s group achieved what one newspaper dubbed “The Upset of the Century” with a 51-50 win in the quarterfinals of Sac-Joaquin Section Division I over No. 22 State and second-place St. Mary’s-Stockton. After a 4-7 last season, the Bulldogs improved to 8-4 by beating the powerful Rams with their own game — lots of offense, 575+ yards including 321 yards passing and four touchdowns from Cole Gilbert, who shot a 23-yard TD pass to Peter Mello to close within 50-49. Rather than risk overtime, Peterson went to two and Gilbert found Andrew Johnson with 1:11 to go. Johnson then made an interception to seal the win and send the Bulldogs into the semifinals against Oak Ridge.
Rob Polous, Sequoia-Redwood City: Redwood City won for the 10th time in 11 tries with a wild 51-50 CCS D4 overtime win in the first round over Overfelt-San Jose. It’s the first season of double-digit wins for Sequoia since 2010, when they went 11-1-1 and lost in the CCS D2 Finals, Poulos’ second season.
Danny Sullivan, Archbishop Mitty-San Jose: Sullivan not only beat his alma mater Los Gatos, where he also coached, but also claimed a risky two-point conversion that ended with the season on the line in a 29-28 victory in Central Coast Section Division I overtime was converted.
Greg Tate, San Diego-Mission Bay: Tate’s Mission Bay team avenged their regular-season defeat with a 17-10 playoff win in Montgomery.
Jack Williams, Downey: The Vikings defeated top seed Camarillo 31-28 in the Division 4 Southern Section playoffs last week to advance to the semifinals.
Ross Wood, Buchanan-Clovis: Buchanan avenged a loss just three weeks earlier with a 37-20 win at Clovis North in a Central Section Division 1 quarterfinal. The Bears (9-2) beat the hottest team in the section and advanced to the next week’s semifinals against Liberty -Bakersfield, a team they defeated 35-27 in Week 3 in a game abandoned with 11 minutes to go due to lightning.
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