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HS FOOTBALL: Temecula Valley’s Rick Mey Has Revitalized Golden Bear Football

The Golden Bears are Coming Off their Best Season in 10 Years

By Charles McKee
Inland Valley Sports & News

Posted: July 14, 2016

551464_468013466687543_588791576950220269_nTemecula Valley was the Southwestern League’s most improved team last season under new Head Coach Rick Mey. The Golden Bears were 6-5 overall and 2-3 in league. Their 38-10 victory over Murrieta Valley gave the Golden Bears their first CIF SS playoff berth since 2005.

It was the best season that the TVHS Football Program has had since Bud Kane’s  6-3-1 finish in 2006.  Temecula Valley is poised and ready to improve on last year’s successes.11229560_468716743283882_2801484314758112786_n

The Golden Bears did all of this with a lot of adversity last year.  Coach Mey’s family was moving from Arizona and he was constantly back and forth throughout the spring and summer.  “I wasn’t sure what to expect coaching in Southern California and playing such great teams for the first time” said Mey.  “Then facing a season with no home stadium as ours was renovated seemed to increase the adversity you normally see in a season”

11265022_468717599950463_7468413783559836098_nMost people around the league felt that these issues would spell tough times for the Golden Bears last year.  “We could have accepted our fate and finished with a mediocre season” added Mey.  “However, our seniors stepped up as they led us to a winning record and a return to the CIF play-offs for the first time in ten years”.

Coach Mey’s entire varsity offensive staff is returning in 2015-16. Mey coaches the quarterbacks and running backs.  Lenny Dykes is the Offensive line coach and  Adam Watson the wide receivers. Watson and Dykes are both former Golden Bears that played for Bud Kane and work at the school.

11218893_468013876687502_5734406518270067925_nThe Golden bears lost their defensive coordinator, John Bonaventura last month   Bonaventura decided to return to scouting for NFL and CFL teams. Replacing him is Mike Kostecki who came over from Great Oak this spring. Kostecki will also coach the linebackers. Chris Defalco who was the linebacker coach will be responsible for the defensive line. Bobby Gardner coaches the defensive backs.

11147843_468013936687496_4975193110863438658_n“I really like our coaching staff” said Coach Mey.  “These guys have great work ethics and are there are no ego problems.  We are constantly trying to improve and help our players to get better”.

Coach Mey has instilled a winning attitude in the Golden Bears and the team is motivated to succeed in the upcoming season. “As always I have high expectations for our team. We have a great schedule that will challenge our players every week” said Mey. “I expect our players and coaches to meet the challenges we face every week with tremendous effort and discipline”.

Temecula Valley’s first opponent of the season is at Elsinore against the Tigers on September 4th.

Photos by Charles McKee

Varsity Schedule

July

August

26 San Jacinto High School - HOME

September

2 Elsinore - AWAY
16 Santiago (Corona) - AWAY
23 Paloma Valley - AWAY
30 Poly (Riverside) - HOME

October

7 League Game - Murrieta Mesa High School - HOME
14 League Game - Great Oak High School - HOME
21 League Game - Murrieta Valley - AWAY
28 League Game - Vista Murrieta - HOME

November

4 League Game - Chaparral High School - AWAY

JV Schedule

July

August

25 San Jacinto High School - AWAY

September

1 Elsinore - HOME
15 Santiago (Corona) - HOME
22 Paloma Valley - HOME
29 Poly (Riverside) - AWAY

October

6 League Game - Murrieta Mesa High School - AWAY
13 League Game - Great Oak High School - AWAY
20 League Game - Murrieta Valley - HOME
27 League Game - Vista Murrieta - AWAY

November

3 League Game - Chaparral High School - HOME

Freshman Schedule

July

29 FROSH OVERNIGHT CAMP!
30 FROSH OVERNIGHT CAMP!

August

25 San Jacinto High School - HOME

September

1 Elsinore - AWAY
15 Santiago (Corona) - AWAY
22 Paloma Valley - AWAY
29 Poly (Riverside) - HOME

October

6 League Game - Murrieta Mesa High School - HOME
13 League Game - Great Oak High School - HOME
20 League Game - Murrieta Valley - AWAY
27 League Game - Vista Murrieta - HOME

November

3 League Game - Chaparral High School - AWAY

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