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It's a kinder, gentler Johnny's now.... They have car shows each week....most of those guys are too old to rumble nowadays...
Well I'd love to ask her but she passed in '89.RIP
I do keep up with one of her old friends from Downey though a bit so I'll ask her about it. Mom used to tell me about the OG McDonaldsback in the 50's and my uncle was a fan of some old school Pizza joint ( he'd always go there when he came down from Seattle where he relocated) but I forget the name of it ...it was pretty good Pizza. Sadly he passed a couple years ago
......Yeah..she went to Rio Hondo as a child though..and USC too..( hahaha) I recall when I was a kid..going over there just to run around when we visited my Grandfathers..
You know Troy Bill grew up around there and pal'd around with lots of Downey guys in those days..( I think he said he went to St Paul..if I'm not mistaken) ...yeah from all the pictures and stories I have heard..Downey was quite the place back in those days
Good stuff !
Here's your 1957 Downey High Viking CIF CHAMPS
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Feelings get hurt, best not to have any!
Miss those girls and their awesome Catholic Girl skirts. Those girls were A LOT of fun in the 80's.
We in NE Santa Ana- Tustin- Orange.... .ummmm..how do I say this...."knew"... the MD Monarch girls...Yes they were alot of fun in the 80's I recall. Always sneaking them out of their bedroom windows...
RHCP - Freaky styley - Catholic school girls rule
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We had Flintridge Sacred Heart in the 90's. Yes fun, is probably the correct word.
La Mirada High School. Suburban League.
La Mirada had some of the wickedest Pop warner teams I ever played against.....Long Beach did as well ..Belmont Shores was what they were called....were they any good in HS around 88-91. Because their pop warner teams would just kick our ass. We did have 2 teams in Tustin though because so many kids played..so that was part of it... as the talent got split ( we had mater Dei kids-Tustin and Foothill kids) up over 2 teams..but IDK if it had been one team if we would have beat those guys. Some guys played above or below my year based on weight and age or whatever as well.
Hard to say ..some kids that sucked in Pop Warner got good in HS and visa versa. Some athletes were always great though and some good talent quit football and some kids didn't even play until HS. So I guess it wouldn't matter too much
Just wondering 'because that pop warner team around the time I was in Jr High I would play against was just sick I recall.
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I grew up in the Millikan district, but went to St. John Bosco. My parents went to Gahr (dad) and St. Joseph's (mom, obviously).
I went to Palos Verdes Peninsula. That's a bay league team, so they play Redondo Union, Mira Costa, West Torrance, Palos Verdes, and Leuzinger. I think South Torrance was in the bay league recently for a season or two and then left. We also regularly played local south bay powerhouses, which doesn't happen anymore.
My freshman and sophomore year, we where pretty good. The year before I got there Craig Stevens graduated, but we had Erik Lorig, Todd Huber, Colin Baxter, Erik Pederson, and a bunch of guys that went the JC and D- whatever route.
My freshmen year (2004) we went 11-1-1. The tie was to Mira Costa and the loss was in the third round of the playoffs to Dominguez. We beat a Kevin Ellison led Redondo Union, a decent Serra team, and St. Paul.
My sophomore year we went 11-2. We beat Serra and San Pedro, but lost to Redondo Union in the regular season. Then we had to play Dominguez again in the third round of the playoffs.
After that Peninsula football died. My last two years we couldn't even hit .500. We lost two straight to Palos Verdes... a team we had outscored 90-6 in the previous two seasons. The entire Bay League owns us, and PV now has a decisive edge in the rivalry.
After that it just got worse. Now, we can't get local powerhouses to play us. One reason is that we don't have lights (we have to have home play-off games at other high schools) and the other reason is that we suck (Two years ago, Serra was beating us 42-0 before the half and they took a knee inside the red zone to avoid embarrassing us too badly).
Now, we play a bunch of weak OOC games,which we go about .500 in, and then the Bay league eats us alive. Fun.
On a side note,My father went to Narbonne, so i've always rooted for them. My mom went to Temple City High, which was a powerhouse at one point. I guess I root for them, but I don't really pay attention to what they do. It's easier to pay attention to Narbonne since I'm in the South Bay.
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Because being from such a poverty stricken part of LA county, you guys couldn't afford it??
Damn...sorry about that...open mouth, insert foot... RIP....
That McDs is still there. Only pizza places I can think of, besides the chains are Shakey's, Pina's, and Downey pizza..... some of the old timers might be able to shed more light on that....
Would love to know where that middle picture was taken.
Funny story about Johnny's...I was doing a project in rural Missouri and started talking to this older guy...maybe in his late 60's. Lived in the same small town all his life. Said he would visit his cousin who lived in Southern California around the mid 1960s. They would jump the wall of the backyard and this burger joint drive in was right there...called Johnny's....
No worries. Mom sure loved her days at Downey though. You know it was Pina's
That was the place. My uncle would tell me all about it being great back when he was at DHS/Warren. You know..I'm not sure but my Uncle may have been in Warren's first graduating class..'62 or 63.. I forget, he was my moms kid brother Anyways. Yeah next time I'm up that way I'll grab a little Pina's for my Uncle Jack RIP !!! Hahah. It was good pizza I recall.
I don't know about the second pic..I just google imaged Downey 1950's. I'll bet you TroyBill knows..
Good stuff man !!
I played at Western, and we were in the Orange League, now Western is in a different league, Empire I think
Back then it was us, Anaheim, Valencia, Brea, Savanna, and Magnolia.
Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken
I was 10 when the Downey/Anaheim game was played. There is no way today to explain how big that game was back then. High school and Junior college football were huge along with the Rams.
The Dodgers, Lakers and Angels were not around then and there were a wealth of good coaches in Southern California. When I was a kid a lot of those coaches played for Howard Jones at USC.
Millikan didn't have one of those great coaches when I was there. The Rams had a very good track, baseball and basketball program. Poly and Wison ruled the Moore league in football. More kids went to Jr College and LBCC was a pipeline for USC.
I wasn't the best football player in the Moore league. But I was dating the prettiest girl in the league. I married her.
Millikan did have a great QB in Greg Barton. He was an All American at LBCC and played for the Lions. USC wasn't looking for QB transfers in the mid 60's. But Barton was a lot better than Sogge or Page or anyone USC had in the mid 60's at QB. Barton. could really spin the football. UCLA did take Dennis Dummit out of LBCC to play QB.
Pat Cashman, Sid Smith, Jeff Smith, Earl McCullouch, Marv Motley, Terry Dekraii and many more came to USC from the Moore league. WR Ron Drake and S Mike Battle played for LBCC.
The quality of JC football was really outstanding in the early and middle 60's.
Bakersfield was right there with their HS and JC football programs also.
That fire captain wouldn't be Mike Miller?
I didn't know Fo got burned. I hope all is OK? He is good friends with my son in law.
He knows how to party hearty. I think he was the last one partying at my daughter's wedding. He has to be one of the nicest people.
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I went to Gahr. I remember the 1977 game, we beat them 16-7. I caught both 2 point conversions that game. We had an awesome kicker, he was the cousin of the Zendejas family. But he got suspended the week of that game and couldn't play. We had no back-up kicker. So we had to go for two each time.
A couple years ago I was up North for the Cal game and my cal friend and I went to Starbucks for the wives. While waiting in line we started talking with a guy and the conversation got to high schools. This guy was the QB for the 77 Downey team. He remembered that I picked him off and that began the drive for our 2nd score. Talk about a small world.
Good friend of my went to Downey in 71. Paul Gardikas. He went on to play with Jim Zorn at Cerritos College before Jim went on to Cal poly.
Anaheim 1956. Bobby Hatfield would have been an underclassmen there then. My cousins went there then and knew Bobby. Bobby introduced my cousin gretchen to Bill medley and they were together for a number of years in the 60's.
My father played at Huntington Park HS with USC QB/Assistant Coach Craig Fertig ( Todd Marinovich's Uncle..from his moms side) and of course they were both at SC the same time. Funny thing is that my best friend's brother when I was a little kid ..played for Coach Fertig when he became the HC at OSU and was a Saftey under USC DB Nate Shaw who recruited him up at Oregon St in the late 70's before playing in the NFL. Just one of those weird things.
Another weird thing was that Fertig passed away about a week after my father. Weird stuff
It's crazy. Just living in Southern California and playing sports as a kid and in High School I think most everyone is about 2 degree's from knowing some of the same people ... even if they are years apart. Just a weird thing but very cool. Small world.
The neighbors don't want them.
Jack Snow went to St. Anthony's.
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