It took Skip Giancanelli just two years to mold El Camino Real High into a league champion. That was back in 1971, the beginning of the glory years for Conquistador football.
Now, in his 19th year, Giancanelli is suffering through the gory years.
The Conquistadores, who entered Saturday night's season-opener with one win in the last two years, lost to Canoga Park, 10-6, at Pierce College.
Where have you gone, Bob Glick, Mark Lovett, Kerry Gold, et. al.?
El Camino Real's first series was a perfect example of the frustration Giancanelli has had to endure in recent years.
Conquistador quarterback Paul McFadden broke loose for 67 yards and an apparent touchdown only to stumble, fall and fumble the football. Teammate Paul Hasson recovered at the Canoga Park nine-yard line, but El Camino Real failed to score.
Canoga Park, Sunset League co-champs a year ago, got all the points it needed when Mike Conover ran one yard for a touchdown on the first play of the fourth period to cap an 80-yard drive.