Sylmar High Coach Jeff Engilman, whose Vesuvian outbursts have become legendary, could have thrown a record tantrum on the sidelines Friday and few would have blamed him.
With 58 seconds left in the Pac 8 League game, Sylmar center Chris Herrera snapped the ball from his 23-yard line over the head of punter Shawn Aleshire. The ball rolled out of the end zone for a safety, and Grant made off with a 2-0 victory in a sloppily played game at home.
Engilman's response to the deciding play, however, was mild: His hands dropped to his knees and he let out a loud scream. But he refused to place blame for the loss on his center's shoulders.
"He hadn't missed a snap all year," Engilman said.
But the coach had plenty else to be mad about. Sylmar played its worst game of the season on a day when Engilman was hoping to make his triumphant return to Grant, the school from which he was fired in 1985.