Falcons winners on, off field

Isaac Dawid (pictured) 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.

Undefeated after six games, Scotts Valley is having its best season in the school's short history.


Friday at 7:30 p.m. 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 Scotts Valley, which is renting portable lights for the occasion.


No matter what happens the rest of the way for Scotts Valley, though, the Falcons are No. 1 as far as a woman in Alaska and her father are concerned.


September 29 the Falcons arrived in Juneau, Alaska for their non-league game with defending Alaska state champion Juneau-Douglas.


The Falcons were on their bus for a drive to their hotel, one day before meeting the Alaska team at Adair-Kennedy Memorial Park.


It was raining hard, and when Scotts Valley coach Louie Walters heard a loud thump on the steps of the bus, he assumed someone had slipped. Actually, the bus driver had fallen face-first and was having a heart attack.


Walters called 911 while team trainer Rich Anderson administered CPR, with help from Falcon assistant coaches Jeff Metter and Tony Noce.


As the Scotts Valley staff worked feverishly, the stunned Falcons stared out the window at the drama unfolding. Finally, after 15 minutes, paramedics arrived and the man's life was saved.


"He had a massive heart attack," Walters said by telephone from Santa Cruz County.


"He was taken by plane to Seattle where he had a quadruple-bypass.


"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."


Fortuitously, Scotts Valley's departure that Thursday was delayed 10 minutes while a search was made for the lost luggage of Falcon junior Paddy McFall.


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 Santa Cruz Harbor.


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.


Another Scotts Valley standout is running back Zack Trapp, who has rushed for 462 yards.


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, Ben Lomond, Brookdale, Lompico and Zayante.


"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 Scotts Valley fans are glad he did. His Falcons are the toast of the quiet town between Santa Cruz and San Jose to which many Silicon Valley workers have flocked.


Scotts Valley has done well for a new school, beginning with a 4-6 record in 2003 with no seniors. The Falcons improved to 7-3 in ‘04, then went 6-6 in ‘05, losing to Seaside in the second round of the Central Coast Section playoffs.


Scotts Valley is known as a top academic school, but Walters and his staff have combed the student body for athletes. They have 120 in the football program, from a student body that has only 400 boys.


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 Santa Cruz still to go.


Scotts Valley hosts SLV at 2 p.m. Nov. 4 in a much-anticipated mountain showdown.


"To win this league, you need to go through SLV," Walters said. "Everybody knows that."


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