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Padecky: Analy football seeking stage to show team's strength

  • Analy football coach Dan Bourdon leads his team during practice in August 2011. (CHRISTOPHER CHUNG / The Press Democrat)

SEBASTOPOL - Trent Herzog and Dan Bourdon have been talking. That sentence alone is worth an entire column.

They are talking about what could happen. They are talking about what, frankly, should happen, if you're like me and you like to dream and like to see a dream mature into a reality. And what a reality it would be.

That would be Analy playing Casa Grande in football.

“About a month ago, I called up Dan to see if he would consider playing us,” said Herzog, Casa's coach. “He said he would. I asked him what weeks are free for Analy in the 2014 preseason. He said weeks one and three. That's where it is right now.”

Oh, that the two coaches could have put something together for this season. It would be a game that would have the feel of an NCS playoff game: Analy, 7-1 and the class of the SCL, versus 7-0 Casa, the pride of the NBL. That won't happen this year. They are in different leagues for the second consecutive year. They also will play in different NCS divisions during the playoffs: Casa in Division 2, Analy in Division 3.

“I would love to see how it would turn out this year,” said Bourdon, Analy's coach. “I would love to play a superior team.”

How would Analy stop, or try to stop, Casa quarterback JaJuan Lawson?

How would Casa stop, or try to stop, the Analy offensive line from blocking holes big enough for a sumo wrestler to run through?

Those questions, unfortunately, will have to remain just a conversation at a high-end coffee bar that serves speculation along with a lime twist in a triple espresso.

Sure, by this time next year the landscape may have changed dramatically. Lawson will have graduated to play somewhere on Saturdays for an NCAA university.

And the 13 seniors starting for Analy also may take with them most of the skills that made the Tigers 7-1.

After all, Analy was just 5-6 in 2010 and nobody was talking about Casa-Analy dream matchup three years ago.

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