Fremont grad leads Tiger football to two victories

Fremont grad leads Tiger football to two victories

Moving Forward Bishope Apodaca (1) rushes after receiving a handoff from Azel Grasty (4) against Saint Elizabeth on Sept. 14. The Tigers won 42-25. Photo by Tyronne Gaines

Under new head coach Terry Hendrix, the Fremont Tigers won two of their first three football games and are headed into league play with confidence.

Hendrix, who took over the team in late July, led the Tigers to victories against Prospect High School 28-12 on Aug. 31 and St. Elizabeth High School 42-25 on Sept. 14. The team has lost two games, one against Mt. Diablo High School 40-27 on Sept. 7 and the other against Northgate High School 56-8 on Sept. 21.

A key player who is happy to have Hendrix as their coach is varsity team captain and running back Bishope Apodaca.
“We really appreciate the hard work and dedication that Coach Terry put towards the team,” said Apodaca.

Hendrix attended Fremont from 2003 to 2007. He played football all four years at Fremont High as a linebacker and was hoping to play in college. However, due to a knee injury, Hendrix had to cut his football playing dreams off.
Hendrix served as an assistant coach at Fremont for three years but was promotedto head coach this year in a late change after Coach Isamu Falevai was fired just before school started.

Principal Daniel Hurst told the Green & Gold that he could not release information about why Falevai was fired.
Hurst, however, did say that Hendrix is doing a wonderful job with the team as well as the administrative team. Hurst also said that he looks forward to seeing what happens to the team in the future.

Besides Apodaca, other players interviewed said they like their new head
coach and are very enthusiastic about playing this season.

“It’s a change that we agreed on, ourcoaches are close to us,” said sophomore Tyshone Gaines. “We believe that they will help us reach greatness. Like we say, ‘We all we got, and we all we need.’”

Hendrix hopes to take the Tigers to a Silver Bowl, the championship game for the Oakland Athletic League that takes place after the regular season ends in November.

Under Falevai, the Tigers reached the Silver Bowl two years ago but lost to powerhouse McClymonds High 42-26.
The previous year, Falevai led the team to a Silver Bowl championship against Oakland Technical High. The Tigers won that game 18-6.

The Silver Bowl is definitely within reach, say players.

“We put in a lot of work, but it’s going to pay off and when we win the Silver Bowl we have to fight through adversity. We ‘been getting it done’ with 15 players, so you know when we get all the [ineligible] players back, we taking it back,” said senior linebacker Gevon Wheeler.

Some key players have not been able to participate in games because their grades from last year do not meet the OAL standards. New grades come out this week.

Last school year, the Tigers were not given a chance to even make it to the Silver Bowl because the OAL penalized the team for playing ineligible athletes and their season was cut short.

The team has 10 seniors playing this year, and many of them are hoping to play football in college.
“To do good and get noticed by colleges, [we] have to go to the Silver Bowl and the NCS playoffs,” said quarterback Azel Grasty, Jr., referring to the North Coast Section post-season competition.

That should not be hard, says Apodaca.

“The team is ready,” said Apodaca. “And I feel very confident about the season.”