Undefeated after six games,
Friday at the
Falcons host formidable Aptos (3-3, 0-1) in an important Santa Cruz Coast
Athletic League game. It also is a rare night game for
No matter what happens the rest of
the way for
September 29 the Falcons arrived
The Falcons were on their bus for
a drive to their hotel, one day before meeting the
It was raining hard, and when
Walters called 911 while team trainer Rich Anderson administered CPR, with help from Falcon assistant coaches Jeff Metter and Tony Noce.
"He had a massive heart attack,"
Walters said by telephone from
"He was taken by plane to
"At halftime of our game the next night, this woman came up to me and asked if I was coach Walters. I said ‘yes' and she told be the bus driver was her dad and she thanked me."
Walters only knows that the bus driver's name is "Mike." He also knows that his quick-thinking staff helped prevent a tragedy.
The Falcons went on to defeat Juneau-Douglas 35-29, with quarterback/defensive back Isaac Dawid throwing for three scores, running 70 yards for a touchdown and returning an interception another 70 yards for a score.
Dawid is one of two Division I prospects on the team, along with tight end/outside linebacker Russell Jenkins (6-4, 260). Jenkins ran a 4.6 40-yard dash at a scouting combine, attracting the interest of many college scouts.
Meantime, Dawid has been raising
eyebrows with his tremendous play, including his performance last week in a
61-14 win over
He completed nine of 13 passes for 106 yards and three scores against the Pirates, while also intercepting two passes on defense.
Efforts like that have many schools interested, although it's uncertain if Dawid will wind up as a quarterback or a defensive back at the next level.
Dawid has completed nearly 70 percent of his passes with 19 touchdowns and just one interception. Defensively, the 6-foot-4, 210-pound senior has intercepted seven passes.
As for Walters, the former San
Lorenzo Valley High School assistant agonized about leaving his old coaching
post and his alma mater (class of 1979) five years ago. He was an assistant at
SLV for 15 years and had enjoyed helped molding the tough, blue-collar mountain
kids from the Highway 9-area towns of Felton, Boulder Creek,
"I turned in my application for the job about 10 minutes before it closed," Walters said with a chuckle. "I kept getting out of my car and then getting back in it. I couldn't decide."
Finally, Walters went for it. Most
As the Falcons shoot for the first
league football title in school history, they know nothing is guaranteed. First
up is a tough Aptos team Friday, with Soquel, SLV and
"To win this league, you need to go through SLV," Walters said. "Everybody knows that."
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