October 9, 1992 |
It had taken the Garden Grove football team a week to erase the memory. To block out all the bad blocks and exorcise the missed tackles. When it was over, the Argonauts were back on their feet and walking all over Kennedy for a 33-0 victory Thursday night at Garden Grove High School. "It's still early in the season and there are still goals this team can reach," Coach Jeff Buenafe said. "We got a fresh start tonight." It certainly was cleaner than their previous performance.
January 25, 1992
Adrian Ioja, an all-Orange County defensive lineman who also played tight end for Garden Grove, made an oral commitment Wednesday to play football at San Diego State. San Diego State recruited the 6-foot-3, 230-pound Ioja to play tight end, according to Garden Grove Coach Jeff Buenafe. Ioja also was the kicker for the Argonauts. He kicked four field goals and 23 conversions to lead Garden Grove to a 10-0 regular-season finish.
September 19, 1992 |
Sprinkle just enough offense on top of lots of defense, and some nights it might be all you need to win a football game. Garden Grove proved it Friday in a 21-0 nonleague victory over Cerritos in front of about 1,200 at Garden Grove High. The Argonauts (2-0) had only 243 yards in total offense against the Dons (0-2), but they capitalized on several opportunities to remain unbeaten.
September 30, 1989 |
Garden Grove High School did more than win its first league game Friday night. The Argonauts broke a three-year dry spell in the Garden Grove League with a 12-6 victory over Santiago. "I worried the whole game," Coach Jeff Buenafe said. "But we've already had some good pre-season wins (over Savanna and Costa Mesa) and I just hoped that would give us momentum for a good start in league."
November 23, 1991 |
A school of relatively modest football tradition, University High had never advanced past the first round of the Southern Section playoffs in three previous attempts. That changed Friday as the unseeded Trojans upset second-seeded and previously unbeaten Garden Grove, 7-0, in a first-round Division VI playoff game in front of 2,500 at Garden Grove High.
October 11, 1991 |
Derek Smith's 73-yard touchdown run on the game's first play set the tone as host Garden Grove High School rolled to a 37-10 victory over La Quinta in Garden Grove League play Thursday night. Garden Grove (5-0, 2-0 in league) amassed 407 yards rushing in becoming the school's first team since 1965 to open a season with five consecutive victories. Smith (156 yards) and teammate Brian Rall (133 yards) were the top rushers for the Argonauts.
January 1, 1992 |
The new year is here. Time to let the readers have their due. We now present Letters We Love To Hate (And Love To Get): Dear Barbie, This is the second year in a row that I find myself compelled to write to you. Your article in Wednesday's editions ("Mater Dei Has Too Much Going For It Not To Be On Top," Nov. 6) has left me wondering why you think that $$money$$ makes a good football team? I mean, look at USC for crying out loud.
July 10, 1992 |
The South's size advantage will be tested by a quick North team at 7:30 tonight in the 33rd Orange County all-star football game at Orange Coast College's LeBard Stadium. South Coach Bruce Rollinson of Mater Dei has put together an offensive line that averages 269 pounds. The figure would have been higher, but the South's second-biggest lineman--290-pound Alfredo Diaz of Dana Hills--strained his knee in practice Wednesday and will miss the game.
October 30, 1991 |
Adrian Ioja leads a double life on the Garden Grove High School football team. At times, he's all finesse, a guy in the spotlight. He streaks down the field to make big catches with the cheers of the fans ringing in his ears. Other times, he's a brute, doing unpleasant, unheralded chores. He seeks out linebackers and, in his own words, "plants 'em." First a star, then a grunt. In short, Ioja is a tight end. A traditional one.
July 11, 1992 |
Somehow lost in the Billy Blanton to David Knuff advance billing for the 33rd Orange County all-star football game Friday night was the fact that the South had an outstanding defense. Just ask the North. The North didn't complete a pass until 6 minutes 52 seconds remained in the third quarter and was held to minus-five yards rushing in a 22-6 loss in front of 6,500 at Orange Coast College's LeBard Stadium.