Post-game interview with JSerra fooball coach Jim Hartigan after the Lions use a blocked punt in the fourth quarter to defeat host Huntington Beach, 20-13, on Sept. 7, 2012. Video by Dan Albano, OCVarsity.com
Yes, it’s only freshman football, but San Juan Capistrano JSerra is 7-0 after knocking off Anaheim Servite, 41-7, on Thursday. Servite was unbeaten and supposedly one of the best freshman teams around.
JSerra was led by the running of DJ Bailey.
Football has been the one sport in the Trinity League in which JSerra has been unable to be competitive in. But an unbeaten freshman team could be the start of a turnaround for the Lions.
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Fifteen-year-old Casey Eugenio has already caught the attention of college scouts and the press. He has attended the Top Gun football camp in Williamsburg, Va. After guidance from some of the top coaches in the National Football League, Eugenio is looking forward to a great season. Eugenio took some time to sit down with the JSerra Blog to talk about his experiences at JSerra, his football career and his Berkeley dream.
I really like going to the beach and body boarding. I also took up spearfishing and wakeboarding. I guess you can say that I love anything that has to do with the water, even if it’s frozen, because I really like snowboarding too.
I went to the Top Gun football camp in Virginia, where I had the opportunity to really improve my skills with National Football League coaches leading the camp. I had scouts from around the country watch me play.
Any sports-related injuries?
Nothing too serious. I have had a few broken ankles before, but that’s about it.
What is your top pick for college?
Well, my dream is Cal Berkeley, but who knows where I’ll end up. My goal is to get to a really great school and play Division I football.
What’s the craziest thing you have ever done?
My first time spearfishing was with leopard sharks at Catalina Island. I was so incredibly scared and excited all at the same time.
Best summer memory?
My favorite memories were always the ones with my grandparents. We used to go on all kinds of trips. We even did a cruise to Mexico one year.
JSerra senior and varsity receiver Jonavaughn Williams is carving his own path this season. Williams, a standout player in the Edison Passing Tournament, already has been featured in the L.A. Times for his ability to run plays, catch and execute patterns on a consistent basis. He was also a star at this year’s USC Nike Football Camp.
Williams sat down with JSerra Blog to talk about his successes and his future in football. Here is more about JSerra’s leading receiver.
What made you choose JSerra?
I actually came to JSerra to play for the basketball team; now I play football and I love it. I tried football three years ago and have been hooked ever since. I found that it was more fun for me and I get to hit people with a purpose. It kind of gets my adrenaline going, making me more defensive.
I’m really excited about going to Mississippi for a family reunion later this summer. I also went to check out some really great schools: Stanford, Berkeley, USC, UCLA and Oregon — all schools I dream of playing college ball at.
What did you like best about the JSerra Football camp?
We have the best coaches. Coach Hartigan has really helped me improve on my skills to make me a more competitive player. I also really like the challenge of playing in the most competitive high school league.
What’s the craziest thing you have ever done?
Night snorkeling in Catalina. It was so crazy and so much fun. I don’t think I will ever forget that.
Best summertime memory:
Family vacations are always my favorite. No matter where we go it’s just about fun with my family.
I actually got kicked in the head by my own teammate. He was punting and as I tried to block him he kicked me in the head and gave me a concussion.
TV show: “That ’70s Show”
Restaurant: Roscoe’s Chicken & Waffles
Sports team: Lakers & Saints
Dream car: Lamborghini Murcielago
Athlete: Kobe Bryant
Celebrity crush: Alex Morgan, U.S. Women’s Soccer team
Football Coach, teacher and mentor Steve Nieto brings the JSerra community together, through the freshman success class. Giving each JSerra freshman the tools they need to succeed in high school to tips and tricks on the football field. JSerra Blog met up with Neito on the field to talk about his journey from high school to high school teacher.
How many years have you been teaching at JSerra?
I have been teaching for 13 years and the 2011-2012 school year will be my fifth year teaching at JSerra.
What subjects do you teach?
Freshmen success, health, psychology, history of sports, I also taught world history here at JSerra.
What is your favorite topic to cover during the year?
E-mail etiquette in freshman success, Teeth in health, Freud in psychology, Lombardi in history of sports and Vietnam in world history.
Were you involved in any clubs in high school or college?
None, I worked full-time and coached football all throughout college.
What do you hope to accomplish before you retire?
Don’t plan on retiring.
What was your first job?
El Pollo Loco for 15 minutes, I walked out when I was being forced to wear a cowboy hat.
What was your favorite high school memory?
Football games & leaving campus for lunch.
What was your childhood dream job? Pilot
If you could live in any time period other than now, what would it be?
In the 2011-2012 school year as a Freshmen
Who or what was your inspiration that drove you to become a teacher?
My bad teachers in school, my good coaches in school, and my great youth football players that I coached out of high school.
TV Show: Office & Curb your Enthusiasm
Sports team: JSerra Lions
Color: Black & Red
Vacation spot: Any beach with the family
Sports team college/Pro: Cowboys & Raiders, Lakers, USC & FSU
Author: John Wooden
Band growing up: Bob Marley, Metallica, NWA, Wolfgang, name it I liked it.
Celebrity crush: Farrah Fawcett
Fun Facts & Random Acts
I started coaching football right out of high school and at 17 years old I was made a head coach. In fact, I was the youngest head coach in youth football history and when we made the playoffs I was asked to not disclose this information because of the fact that you had to be an adult of 18 years old to be in the head coach position. This will also be my 21st year in coaching.