Stop by Harold Strauss' office anytime, and you're likely to find him watching a tape of a Rose Bowl game from more than 50 years ago.
He collects footage of old teams, buys dog-eared and crumbling playbooks from e-bay and picks the brain of single-wing authorities like Ed Racely of Atherton, all to give his Colton Yellowjackets an edge.
"My philosophy is that nothing is
really new, it's just coaches giving things their own little twist," Strauss
said. "I love mis-direction and direct snaps. I'm a big fan of
"It's kind of a back-to-basics thing," Strauss said. "And maybe I am a little nostalgic."
Strauss has been successful, too.
His team has clinched at least a tie for the San Andreas League title, heading
into tonight's showdown with second-place Cajon.
During the past four years,
The thought of facing Strauss' team with all of its offensive shenanigans had Cajon coach Kim Battin fretting earlier in the week.
"It's not good to face them on a short week, let alone two weeks," Battin said. "They're big and strong and they can throw or run."
Outstanding players haven't hurt
Strauss' efforts. Two players off last year's team, two-way backs Allen Bradford and Shareece Wright, are now playing at USC. Also, wideout James Smith
is red-shirting at
While Racely is the nation's foremost authority on the single-wing, Strauss' reputation is growing.
Last July the National Single-Wing
Sympoisum was conducted at
"It's tough to prepare for if you're an opponent," Strauss said. "It becomes like a thorn in a team's side."
Cajon's Battin said he will try
Since that game, La Quinta (which
"Of course, REV has some great kids, so that had a lot to do with their success," Battin said of the REV victory.
Yellowjackets quarterback Pope has passed for 641 yards and rushed for 419. He is complemented by running backs Travell Washington, Nick Reyes and Dwayne Stallion, who have combined for 1,897 yards and 23 touchdowns.
Cajon is extremely young, with 18 non-senior starters, including nine sophomores. Tenth-grader Walter Kazee leads the Cowboys with 1,698 yards rushing and 18 touchdowns.