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Bourgade Catholic-Sequoia Charter to open FB seasonAug 15, 2012
Saturday’s 7th annual Sollenberger Classic tends to mark the start of Arizona’s high school football season, but the 2012-13 season officially kicks off Thursday when a veteran program meets a new member.
Host Phoenix Bourgade Catholic and first-year Arizona Interscholastic Association school Mesa Sequoia Charter get to welcome in the new season first. A good cause led the teams to move their game from Friday to Thursday.
Bourgade Catholic’s annual blood drive is held on Friday. One of the state’s highly-respected teachers, coach Pat Lavin, is in charge of a Bourgade Catholic team that’s young but better than it was at this point last year, when it only won two games.
After five successful years playing 8-man football in the Charter Athletic Association, Sequoia Charter is making the jump to 11-man in its first year with the AIA. Sequoia Charter participated in three CAA state championships and had a winning record in each of its five seasons.
Head coach Justin Fox has worked with Sequoia Charter’s football program since its opened. He returns 18 players from last year’s 7-3 team and has 34 players on his roster.
“We are definitely excited about our first game,” Fox said. “We are also obviously nervous. We want to make sure we make a good impression.”