Underdog Denair Strikes Again, Hands Delhi First Loss

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Those who underestimate the Denair football team do so at their own peril, as formerly unbeaten Delhi found out the hard way Friday night.

Fueled by a raucous homecoming crowd, the hard running of Justin Steeley and a defense flying all over the field at Jack Lytton Stadium, Denair played arguably its best game of the season. The Coyotes posted their third shutout in four games, winning 14-0 and positioning themselves for what once seemed like an improbable playoff spot with two games remaining.

Despite suiting up just 15 players, Denair dominated the Hawks, forcing seven turnovers on defense and doing just enough on offense with a backup quarterback to make Steeley’s two touchdown runs hold up.

As a result, Denair (5-3 overall, 3-2 in the Southern League) is poised to compete for one of the league’s berths in the Division VI playoffs. Victories this week at Mariposa (2-3) and at home in the season finale against Waterford (1-4) almost certainly would assure the Coyotes of a playoff game.

“We’re not going to shy away from it,” said Denair coach Anthony Armas when asked about the postseason. “That’s been the goal from the get go. We’re really focused on the next two games. …. I have a feeling if we get 7-3, we’d been in, but I don’t know how the CIF does it.”

Orestimba, which is a Division V school based on its enrollment, leads the Southern League at 5-0. It plays at Delhi (4-1) this week, then finishes against longtime rival Gustine (4-1). Delhi has Orestimba, then plays at Ripon Christian (1-4).

Depending upon who beats who, Denair could finish anywhere from tied for first place to fifth. What Armas does know is the Coyotes control their own destiny.

If they play as well against Mariposa and Waterford as they did against Delhi, the playoffs will be a fitting reward.

“Our defense was lights out,” Armas praised. “It was a really good team effort.” Continue reading “Underdog Denair Strikes Again, Hands Delhi First Loss” »

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Denair High Celebrates 2016 Homecoming

Denair High School celebrated its 2016 football homecoming with a community parade on Friday afternoon. The procession started Down Coyote Way to Denair Elementary Charter Academy, turning down Fresno Street, before returning to the High School. The Denair High School Band led the parade followed by FFA, the team Moms, the homecoming court, class floats, and the football teams and cheerleaders. A photo gallery is available for your viewing pleasure.

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Delta Water Flow Forums to be Held in Denair


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Denair Lions Club is hosting a presentation and discussion on water flow into the delta, at the Denair Community Center, on Monday, October 24, 2016, at 6:30 pm. The forum will be presented by representatives from Modesto Irrigation District and Turlock Irrigation District.

Come and hear what impact delta water flows will have on our community, economy and ground water supply.

A flyer for the forum is available here.

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Denair Cares and Local Churches to Benefit From Denair Lions Pancake Breakfast


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Every year for over 40 years, the Denair Lions Club holds a pancake breakfast the first Sunday in November. The breakfast has become not only a great fundraiser, but annual social event for 400 to 600 supporters. And every year the club looks for a person or cause to donate all the proceeds from the breakfast. In past years it has paid for such things as new uniforms and equipment for the Denair Lions Youth Football league, updates and fixes to the Denair High School Baseball Field, in honor of a past member that devoted so much time to the team, and sometimes to local residents in need of financial aid for medical bills after tragedy.

This year is no different. This year all proceeds will be donated to Denair Cares and Local Churches to begin various clean up and beautification projects on Main Street and nearby roads.  The breakfast will be on Sunday, November 6, 2016, from 7:00 am to noon, at the Denair Community Center, on Gratton Road.  There are no tickets needed, just a donation at the door.  The breakfast will include ham, scrambled eggs, and pancakes.  There will be milk, orange juice, coffee and hot chocolate as well.  As always, there a $5 per ticket raffle, for a beautiful handmade quilt, which will be on display at the breakfast.  Come join us for this great event that is expected to serve over 600 people.  There will be plenty of food, so come one, come all!

A flyer for the breakfast is available here.

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Short-Handed Denair Looks Ahead After Loss to Orestimba

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Submitted by Denair High School

Back-to-back shutouts despite a paper thin roster had made the Denair High football team the feel-good story of the season heading into last week. “The Mighty 14,” some media outlets called them, paying special tribute to the number of players. USA Today featured them. So did ABC TV’s station in Sacramento.

And then the reality of having so few players struck in Friday’s showdown with defending Southern League champion Orestimba.

When quarterback Kyle Prock wrenched his knee while playing defense in the first quarter, the Coyotes’ lack of depth was exposed. The domino effect of not having Prock able to run the offense left Denair with few options. The result was a not-too-surprising 35-8 loss.

After Prock’s injury, fullback Brendan Curnow took over under center. He played a little quarterback last year, but hasn’t practiced there much this season.

“Kyle getting hurt changed our offense,” Coach Anthony Armas said. “We took one of our better running backs and had to move him, which affected other positions. We didn’t throw the ball well and we had some trouble with handoffs. It’s no one’s fault. It happens.”

With Prock’s availability to play this week against unbeaten Delhi uncertain, Armas evaluated his quarterback options during Monday’s practice. Curnow as well as Blake Davis and Dylan Mann took turns.

“Kyle didn’t suit up today. We’ll just take it day by day and see how it goes,” said Armas when asked who might start Friday if Prock can’t play.

The contest against Orestimba (4-0, 6-1) always was going to be a challenge for Denair (2-2, 4-3). Losing any player, not just Prock, made the task that much more difficult. The Warriors are one of the best teams the Coyotes will face this season. Continue reading “Short-Handed Denair Looks Ahead After Loss to Orestimba” »

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