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After beating Dixon last week the Clayton Valley HS program in Northern California has put other teams on notice.
A new name in the Northern California Varsity league, Clayton Valley isn’t completely new. Many of the players were with the Diablo U19 club, before the program switched to a single-school program with the Clayton Valley Charter School.
Clayton Valley assistant football coach Michael Dominguez coached with Diablo and was president of that club.
“With the struggles of running a club program, it became apparent that going single school would be more successful for us,” said Dominguez.
Steve Manoa is the Head Coach and Eric Rasch the assistant, while three more - Jeffrey Dominguez, Ryan Luis, and Eagle hooker Chris Biller – have joined the staff. Dominguez (Michael) works as a conduit between the school and the team.
“My hat goes off to these guys,” Dominguez said of the coaches. “They are the main reason our boys were able to get up to speed fast enough to perform at the level we are performing at right now.”
Clayton Valley varsity football coach, Tim Murphy, has been supportive of the rugby team and the rugby players have access to football facilities. Of the 49 players on the Clayton Valley rugby team, only five do not play football. Only six are seniors.
Leading the way so far are junior Ryan Cooper at scrumhalf, junior Eric Burkley at flyhalf, senior wing Gilbert Cisneros, senior hooker Ruben Vega, junior lock Jax Carter, and junior No. 8 Jake Ray.
They have recorded only one league victory so far, 33-19 over Dixon. But Dixon has been a major player in the league for some years. Up next is McClatchy, who lost 39-20 to Christian Brothers last weekend, and then later in February they hit two major opponents in Jesuit and de la Salle.