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Bay Area ATH Croix Stewart Lands First Pac-12 Offer From UCLA

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Benicia (Calif.) cornerback Croix Stewart gets his season started next weekend against Moraga (Calif.) Campolindo.

And he’ll start his junior year with his first Pac-12 offer under his belt.

UCLA offered Stewart after his scrimmage against Walnut Creek (Calif.) Northgate.

The Bruins were the first from the Pac-12 to offer him but he also has offers from Colorado State, Fresno State, San Diego State, San Jose State and Utah State.

With his offseason testing, a new school and his junior year forthcoming, we expected Stewart to land a slew of Power 5 offers and the Bruins got him started with it.

His offseason started with a stellar showing at the Stack Sports Showcase (formerly The Opening Regional) in Northern California. Stewart ran an event-best 4.40 laser timed forty (the fastest 40 on the Stack Sports Showcase tour) and finished with the second highest rating there, a 111.24, and was named by 247Sports as the event’s Alpha Dog.

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Vacaville, Vanden, Wood football ready to kick off

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Will C. Wood defensive end, Xavier Copeland fights through a block during practice Wednesday at Wildcat Stadium. The Wildcats open up the season at home on March 19 against league rival, Vanden High School. Copeland is one of the top returners for the 'Cats. (Joel Rosenbaum -- The Reporter)

When the California Department of Public Health declared on February 19 that high school football could resume in counties with 14 or fewer COVID cases per 100,000 people, one could almost hear a collective whoop getting ready to emanate from the mouths of local high school football players.

When the Solano County COVID-19 rate, which had been at 18.4 cases per 100,000 that day, dipped to 12.4 by the following Tuesday, the football players in the Monticello Empire League let that whoop out full throttle in celebration and put on their cleats to get ready for official practice and for their first games on Friday, March 19.

This week they got another boost when Solano County, previously in the purple color-coded COVID tier, entered the red color-coded tier. That means that, pending decisions by the local school districts (which have generally followed county guidelines), football players will no longer have to undergo weekly COVID testing.

The coaches and players at Vacaville, Will C. Wood and Vanden High Schools may be competitors. But they are unanimously thrilled to be playing football again.

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Ex-Jesse Bethel quarterback Mal Turner transfers to Napa High after Vallejo City Unified School District inaction

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Bethel's quarterback, Mal Turner, flies through the air as he runs for a first down during a 24-8 win over Vallejo in the battle for the Mayor's Cup in 2019. (Chris Riley—Times-Herald)

Mal Turner said he has been going to Jesse Bethel High School football practices so long that he can’t recall when it started.

“People sometimes come up to me and say ‘I remember when you were here in a stroller,’” Turner told the Times-Herald on Wednesday.

Mal Turner, 17, is the son of Bethel football coach and athletic director Jeff Turner, who has been at the school since its inception in 1998-99.

However, the senior’s time at the Vallejo public school has come to an end. Turner transferred to Napa High School recently after growing frustration with the Vallejo City Unified School District over the return of sports. He is expected to play quarterback for the Grizzlies, who open the football season April 19 at American Canyon.

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Football: Hendrickson was a 4-year varsity star for Napa High

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It was getting very late into the 1981 football season, one of the best in school history for Napa High.

Injuries were beginning to take a toll on the defense, forcing head coach Les Franco and his staff to make key decisions about starting personnel.

With only two games to go in the regular season and the playoffs just around the corner, they were in need of a left outside linebacker.

The staff turned to Steve Hendrickson, a 15-year-old who was in the ninth grade at Ridgeview Junior High and a member of the Napa High junior varsity team at the time. It was a “unanimous choice” of the coaching staff, Franco recalled, to promote Hendrickson.

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