By Zach Cavanagh
Last season was a banner season for the Capistrano Valley Christian football program.
The Eagles went 9-2 and undefeated through their four Academy League games to win their first 11-man football league title since 2000. While CVC earned a tough draw against a large public school in the first round of the playoffs, the Eagles battled to a seven-point defeat.
A season like that is a positive in almost every way for CVC, but the one drawback was the 12 seniors who graduated from the team, including their two star running backs. Despite the lower numbers, CVC coach Rick Curtis is still encouraged by the state of the program.
“You want them to build on their success,” Curtis said. “We have 21 kids in the football program, but we have the right 21. We’re blessed to have these kids coming back that have seen what it takes to be a winner.”
The one area, and maybe the most important area, in which CVC was hurt the least by graduation was the offensive line, which returns four of its five starters from last season. They’ll lead the way for senior Rome Demongin, who will be the lead running back.
Senior Simeon Marton, CVC’s leading receiver from last season, also returns, but he’ll have to wait to catch passes from returning senior quarterback Tyler Henry, who is out early with an injury.
CVC contends with a tougher schedule this season after a move back to the San Joaquin League. CVC renews its rivalry with Saddleback Valley Christian, and the Eagles should contend for a playoff spot.
Date Opponent Location, Time
8/23 St. Monica Santa Monica City College, 7 p.m.
8/30 Riverside Prep Riverside Prep, 7 p.m.
9/5 Calvary Chapel Laguna Hills HS, 7 p.m.
9/12 Glendale CVHS, 7 p.m.
9/20 Century Century HS, 7 p.m.
9/27 Mark Keppel CVHS, 7 p.m.
10/11 Southlands Christian Walnut HS, 7 p.m.
10/19* The Webb Schools Webb HS, 7 p.m.
10/25* Saddleback Valley Christian CVHS, 7 p.m.
11/1* St. Margaret’s SCHS, 7 p.m.
*– San Joaquin League game
Zach Cavanagh is the sports editor for Picket Fence Media. Zach is a California Journalism Award winner and has covered sports in Orange County since 2013. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram @ZachCav and follow our sports coverage on Twitter @SouthOCSports.