SportStars Magazine — the NorCal high school sports publication that also produces the SportStories Podcast — now offers up 7 Friday Night: A weekly high school football-specific series hosted by SportStars editor Chace Bryson and his longtime friend and colleague, Ben Enos. With former De La Salle-Concord coaching legend Terry Eidson as a regular guest, 7 Friday Night will be a lively conversation between three men (and sometimes more!) who care deeply for high school football.
You Say Calcagno, I Say Calcanyo
The show may have produced an emergency pod surrounding St. Francis-Mountain View's NorCal streak-busting win over De La Salle-Concord, but there was still PLENTY of spillover into this week's episode. First off, Chace and Ben invited St. Francis coach Greg Calcagno onto the program to talk about his big win and its aftermath.
At the same time, they invited his distant relative of the same last name (but different pronunciation), California-San Ramon coach Danny Calcagno. The hosts talked to the Grizzlies coach about his team's 3-0 start, its 70-point night at Freedom-Oakley and his son Jake who's already caught eight TD passes for Cal.
There was more St. Francis-De La Salle talk when regular guest Terry Eidson joined the show. Coach Eidson made his displeasure at being left off of the emergency pod very clear, but settled down to take his turn adding insight to the Lancers win and the end of a streak he'd been a part of over three decades. Finally, Coach Eidson and the hosts make their usual game picks for the week.
Requiem For A Streak (An Emergency Pod)
When St. Francis-Mountain View pulled off its seismic 31-28 victory over De La Salle-Concord on Friday night — becoming the first Northern California team in 30 years to beat the Spartans — hosts Chace and Ben decided an emergency podcast was in order.
The hosts welcome old friend and colleague, Damin Esper, who has spent the past three seasons as the primary color analyst on the De La Salle TV internet broadcasts. Esper shares his take on the game and what the atmosphere was like at Ron Calcagno Stadium. The three guys also share thoughts on the West Catholic Athletic League finally getting its upset, how the NorCal pecking order shakes out in the aftermath, and what's next for the North State's most famous program.
The first big rivalry game of the season — the Holy Bowl between Jesuit-Carmichael and Christian Brothers-Sacramento — gets center stage in this episode. Hosts Chace and Ben invite Jesuit coach Marlon Blanton onto the show to talk about the rivalry and share thoughts about his team's Week 3 win over Granite Bay. With the Northern California edition of the Honor Bowl taking place as well this week, the guys also discuss the 20th anniversary of 9/11. They reflect with both Coach Blanton and recurring guest, Coach Terry Eidson, on an important role high school football played in communities across the country in the immediate days following the tragedy.
The show also welcomes newest North Coast Section-record setter, Casa Grande-Petaluma senior QB Jacob Porteous. Chace and Ben ask him about his 647-yard passing performance against Maria Carrillo-Santa Rosa and life as the new big man on campus.
Finally, there's talk of fantasy football drafts, Chace's lack of dedication, and plenty of game predictions. Coach Eidson is now watching film to make his picks. Find out what player he called a "rumbling ball of butcher knives." Week 4 of NorCal football has arrived, and 7 Friday Night is here for it.
Hazy Shade Of Football
After the second week of regular season football in Northern California featured several game cancellations due to wildfire smoke, hosts Chace and Ben talk about the wild cancellation/rescheduling frenzy. As part of the conversation, they welcome Clayton Valley High co-coach Nick Tisa to discuss his team's manic four-day stretch that involved multiple bus trips to Turlock. The Ugly Eagles were finally able to play their game on Monday night, so the hosts asked him about that as well as being on AQI watch again for the Friday's game scheduled at Del Oro-Loomis.
The jam-packed episode also features its first student-athlete guest as San Ramon Valley-Danville offensive lineman Jackson Brown joins the show to discuss his recent commitment to Cal. Chace and Ben also pick his brain about having the Wolves' opener smoked out and what they expect from their Top 20-showdown with visiting Bishop O'Dowd-Oakland on Friday. They might have asked him about his name resemblance to a certain musician as well.
And recurring guest Coach Terry Eidson returned to have a laugh and chat about the wacky national story of Bishop Sycamore — the Ohio-based "team" that managed to lie its way into a nationally-televised game against IMG Academy last weekend. Coach Eidson also offers his first game picks of the season, and the co-hosts follow with their usual run of predictions.
Pirates, Padres & Pageantry
Bay Area high school football returns this week, so Ben and Chace literally take the show on the road for a visit to Pittsburg. That's the location of the biggest game of the week as SportStars Magazine's No. 3-ranked Pittsburg High hosts No. 4 Serra-San Mateo. The hosts share a conversation with head coach Victor Galli about his super-talented Pirates squad and a half-decade of battles against Serra and Padres' head coach Patrick Walsh — of whom he has close to 30 years of history as peers and De La Salle-Concord alums. Coach Terry Eidson returns to share memories about both Galli and Walsh, and to also share his love for the atmosphere of Friday nights in Pirates Stadium. It's also revealed that Coach Eidson and Galli co-manage a fantasy football team in which they rarely see eye-to-eye (shocker!). PLUS, another week of predictions and a new segment called "Fill The Gap."
Turn On The Lights, SJS!
It's opening week in the Sac-Joaquin Section! Ben and Chace mark the occasion by making predictions on some of the key matchups, and Coach Terry Eidson returns to face Ben in a battle of SJS trivia. The matchup was described as "scintillating," though we're not sure it reached that bar. There were laughs, though. Also, with the rest of the sections in their scrimmage week, Ben and Chace pick Coach Eidson's brain on how the De La Salle coaching staff would approach scrimmages. Finally, SportStars Magazine released its 10th Annual Football Preview special edition this week. Ben talked about what he learned while working on his Preview feature that posed the question, "What will "normal" look like during this fall season?"