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Every Monday to Thursday morning at 7 a.m., the football team meets in the weight room for strength and conditioning.

Ljepava tapped to be new head football coach

Ruiyan Zhu May 17, 2024

After former head football coach Steve Matos’s dismissal in January, the school this spring named longtime assistant football coach Archie Ljepava as the Falcons new head coach. After the district...

The San Francisco 49ers and Kansas City Chiefs competed in the 58th Super Bowl on Feb. 11.

49ers’s coaching falls short in the big game

George Hu February 18, 2024

Going into this year’s NFL playoffs, many people, including me, thought the 49ers would win Super Bowl LVIII. After all, they had the best record in the National Football Conference (NFC), going 12-5...

During the Homecoming game in 2021, coach Steven Matos encourages a player coming to the sideline.

Football players circulate petition hoping to bring back former coach

Victoria Lin January 27, 2024

Steven Matos officially started his job as head football coach in the spring of 2021 after previous head coach Tim Lugo moved to Mountain View High School for a new job. However, after two years of coaching...

On a game against Prospect High School, players get ready to advance.

As evidence of head injuries grows, football players weigh pros and cons of continuing to play

Lawson Wang and Ruiyan Zhu January 25, 2024

Football has a well-deserved reputation of being one of the most dangerous high school sports. Injuries can range from concussions to fractures, and a growing body of evidence links the sport to brain...

The football team gathers in a huddle on August 25.

Football: a destination worth your time

Alan Cai December 14, 2023

This year, the Falcon football team boasted some talented football players as recognized by the local press; among them were junior Keion Ashjaee Marshall, who was nominated for high rushing yardage,...

The dance team members Anisa Taymuree and Annalyn Bui hold their ending pose for their Oct. 20 football game halftime performance.

Dance team transitions from football half time performances to competition season

Shirina Cao and Jessica Li November 20, 2023

Senior dance team captain Annalyn Bui beamed with pride as she walked down the football field during the senior night football game on Oct. 22, her arms linked within her parents’ arms.  From...

Linebacker Keion Ashjaee-Marshall charges down the field.

Falcons dominate in last two regular season victories over Gunn and Lynbrook

Nika Svizhenko and Caitlin Stoiber November 20, 2023

The Falcons didn’t make CCS, but they ended their season on a high note with two consecutive dominating wins: 45-0 at Lynbrook on Nov. 4 and a 24-0 win at Gunn on Oct. 27. Their final record was 4-6...

The 49ers logo indicates that they play in San Francisco, but they actually play in Santa Clara.

Five North American professional sports teams egregiously do not match with their namesake

George Hu November 8, 2023

It makes sense that the names of most professional sports teams begin with the city, state or region that they are located in. The arena of the Los Angeles Lakers is located in Los Angeles, and the New...

Football fans (or not) are disappointed when their favorite dopamine-inducing candies and snacks are sold out.

The football snack shack needs to stock up  

Angela Tan November 3, 2023

Although the Falcons have completed their final home football game of the year, I feel that justice has not been served. And no, I’m not concerned about the officials resetting the game clock to give...

Senior Cooper Call lines up, eager to run his wide-receiver route against Monta Vista on Oct 5. 

Falcons lose senior night game to Jefferson in controversial fashion after officials reset clock

William Cao October 21, 2023

Senior night game on Oct. 20 ends with emotional 9-7 point loss  Before the game, fans, decked out in America-themed colors, cheered to honor the senior football players and their families along...

Senior Shrey Jain’s team lineup for the fantasy football league

Competitions heats up in seniors’ fantasy football league

Nikhil Mathihalli & Daniel Wu October 21, 2023

Senior Raghav Chakravarthi sat glued to his television screen on a mid-September Sunday, watching Los Angeles Chargers wide receiver Mike Williams slam into a horde of players on the Las Vegas Raiders....

Ellis returns a punt during a 1992 game against the University of San Diego.

College football standout: athletic director Rick Ellis

Amy Luo October 21, 2023

Growing up, athletic director and PE teacher Rick Ellis was surrounded by passionate athletic relatives — some of his earliest memories include cheering on his uncles from the sidelines of the football...

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