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The San Juan Hills High School football team was recognized by the San Juan Capistrano City Council on Tuesday, December 17. Photo by Scott Schmitt
The San Juan Hills High School football team was recognized by the San Juan Capistrano City Council on Tuesday, December 17. Photo by Scott Schmitt

By Brian Park

The San Juan Hills football team was recognized for their achievements on the field and in the classroom by the San Juan Capistrano City Council on Tuesday, December 17.

It was a season of many firsts for the Stallions. This year, the team won its first Sea View League title and won their first CIF playoff game. The Stallions finished the season with an overall record of 10-2 and made it to the CIF quarterfinals.

Quarterback Jacob Gibson was named the Sea View League’s most valuable player and safety William Blum was named the league’s defensive player of the year. Eight players also received first-team all-league honors and nine were placed on the second team.

In the classroom, the Stallions compiled a 3.21 grade-point average, including 15 players with GPAs of 3.5 or higher.

“That is awesome on so many levels and shows the commitment of these players on and off the field,” Mayor Sam Allevato said, before inviting the team up to the dais for a photo with the City Council. “Gentlemen, thank you for your commitment to the sport and your education. You all serve as an inspiration and demonstrate with talent, perseverance and drive that anything can be accomplished.”

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