Village News Reporter
The off-season football competition for Fallbrook High School’s football program concluded July 21 with a 7-on-7 game at home against Rancho Buena Vista.
“It was good for us to rep against somebody other than ourselves,” said Fallbrook head coach Ross Johnson.
(Rep means repetition of activity.)
Rancho Buena Vista and Fallbrook are actually Valley League rivals. “There’s a little bit of heightened intensity,” Johnson said.
The Warriors had previously participated in a 7-on-7 competition June 28 which was a three-way spar with Westview and Del Norte. “We wanted to make sure we were sound on all of our stuff,” Johnson said. “We were happy with what we saw with Westview and Del Norte.”
The CIF San Diego Section has a "dead period" in which contact between coaches and student-athletes is not allowed. The two-week dead period, which was implemented in 2002, prohibits participation or scheduling of organized practices, student-led team practices, team participation in tournaments or clinics, issuance of equipment, school site physical examinations, and organizational meetings.
Individual students are allowed to attend a clinic or tournament, and a weight training school class an athlete is not required to attend does not violate the regulation. The prohibition against team activity rather than activity involving an individual student-athlete allows student-athletes with a relative coaching at the school to discuss athletic matters or participate in informal athletic activities.
Fallbrook’s dead period this year was July 2-15, so the June 28 game was the Warriors’ last for three weeks. “It was encouraging to go into the dead period,” Johnson said.
The July 21 game against Rancho Buena Vista had no official score. “We tried to keep it to just a practice setting,” Johnson said.
Sam Bruton and Evan Thomas were Fallbrook’s two quarterbacks, July 21. “Both quarterbacks we had repping I thought showed improvement from our previous 7-on-7,” Johnson said.
Kaleb Collings established himself as Fallbrook’s likely starting tight end. “He had a big day for us,” Johnson said.
“It was a good measuring stick for us,” Johnson said. “I think it really helped us, especially just installing a new offense and a new defense.”
Fallbrook’s 11-on-11 CIF season will begin Aug. 19 at University City High School.