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Alemany to play for title at COC

Football team will play for its first CIF championship on Friday night

Posted: December 8, 2009 10:18 p.m.
Updated: December 9, 2009 4:30 a.m.

Apparently there will be one more local football game.

Alemany has moved its Friday CIF-Southern Section Western Division championship game against Mira Costa from its Mission Hills stadium to Valencia.

The game will be played Friday at 7:30 p.m. at College of the Canyons’ Cougar Stadium.

Due to Monday’s rain and more precipitation expected later this week, the track that surrounds Alemany’s home field is supposed to be extremely muddy.

Additionally, Alemany Principal and Santa Clarita City Councilman Frank Ferry said Cougar Stadium is better equipped to handle a larger crowd.

There are local connections as well that make it a natural fit.

First and foremost is Dean Herrington.

The former Hart football player and Hart and College of the Canyons offensive coordinator is now in his third season as head coach of Alemany.

“I’ve always dreamt of that — to get in a CIF championship and be at COC,” said Herrington, who said his first preference though would be to play at Alemany. “Me and (Alemany assistant head coach Ted Iacenda) were talking and saying we love COC and we’d love to get back there and be on the sidelines.”

Iacenda is recognized as one of the greatest football players in Hart High history.

The former running back was a star for the Indians during the mid-1990s.

Alemany also has former longtime Hart defensive coordinator Rick Herrington as its defensive coordinator.

Rick left Hart football after the 2007 season and has been coaching at Alemany since.

Dean Herrington said there are other coaches on his staff who are Santa Clarita Valley residents, as is the team’s starting quarterback Vernon Adams.

As for the matchup, Herrington said Alemany is an underdog in this one.

Mira Costa (11-2) is bigger, boasts NCAA Division I recruit and wide receiver Kyle Nunn and a multi-pronged offense that is adept at throwing and running the ball.

The Mustangs disposed of Palmdale in last Saturday’s semifinal 51-27.

Alemany (10-3) defeated Dominguez 35-24 in a Western Division semifinal last Friday.

“A lot of people think (Mira Costa) won’t have a problem with us — that their offensive line will overmatch us,” Herrington said.

“We’ve played some big teams  — Oaks Christian, Crespi, Bishop Amat. We’re battle tested.”



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