Familiar face leading Vikings

Veteran football coach George Pascoe is back coaching in the Sunset League, this time heading Marina's program.

September 09, 2010|By Mike Sciacca,
  • Marina's Mitch Huffman (8) returns a kick off return during practice.
Marina's Mitch Huffman (8) returns a kick off return… (Scott Smeltzer,…)

George Pascoe is back in the saddle again.

The local coaching veteran has a long history with the Sunset League, beginning in 1976 when he was on staff for three years at Fountain Valley High during a stretch where the Barons won a CIF title in 1978. Other Sunset stops included coaching at Westminster (1981) and again at Fountain Valley (1982) before beginning a 15-year run as head coach at Huntington Beach (1983-97). He also was on the coaching staffs at the University of Arizona (1979-80) — the Wildcats played in the 1979 Fiesta Bowl — and Golden West College (1998-2003) before joining the Marina staff in 2004.

As he begins his seventh year at Marina, he does so as the school's new head coach.

Pascoe replaces Dan Petrone, who resigned at the conclusion of the 2009 season. Pascoe's first squad at Marina includes 14 starters back from last year. Of the eight returnees on defense is a trio of All-Sunset League players in senior defensive back Mitch Huffman (5-11, 185), senior inside linebacker Joey Livingston (6-0, 225) and senior defensive lineman David Drummond (6-4, 230).


Marina, which went 1-9 a year ago, hasn't been to the CIF playoffs since 2002. But it's now a fresh start for the Vikings who, in addition to playing for a new head coach, will don new uniforms this fall.

"I expect our team to play hard on every play, stay within themselves and not make stupid plays," Pascoe said. "We will play great defense and cause turnovers, then we will take advantage of a short field and make the most of it."

The Marina offense — Pascoe says the intention is to balance the run and pass — is headed by returning quarterback Nick Marshall (6-0, 200). The senior will be backed by junior Luke Fragale (6-0, 185). Marshall will handle the kicking chores, as well.

The running game features returner Alex Waked (5-11, 185, Jr.), Matt Wagner (5-10, 205, Sr.) and seniors Harley Shoffner (6-0, 210) and Cameron Mitchell (5-10, 175). Pascoe said Waked is "fast" and a good receiver, called Wagner a "strong, tough runner," and says Shoffner will "get tough yards."

The receiving department is a skilled group and includes Huffman, Brayde Hill (5-8, 150, Jr.), Andrew Prichard (5-10, 150, Jr.) and Scott Reed (5-8, 145, Jr.)

"Brayde Hill is very fast, Mitch Huffman catches everything, Andrew Prichard runs great routes and Scott Reed will play a great deal," Pascoe said.

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