4th and Forever Blog
// June 27, 2011 by 4thandForever
As a captain of the Long Beach Poly Jackrabbits, Michael Teo is used to stepping up when he is needed.
As a son, the young defensive standout proved character is something that he doesn’t just keep on the field.
After learning at a family meeting earlier in the year that his mother Patti Jo had tumors growing on her liver, Teo volunteered to do whatever he could to help.
It turned out he was just the person to do it.
// June 22, 2011 by 4thandForever
Football has come a long way from "Student Body Left" and "Student Body Right." Still, nothing can get a crowd up on its feet like a good rush for scrimmage.
Especially when it puts six points up on the scoreboard.
In last night's episode of "4th and Forever," Long Beach Poly's running back Keltain Malveaux sends a jolt of electricity through the crowd when he took the ball on an 80-yard romp down the sidelines against Jordan High School.
// June 23, 2011 by 4thandForever
Last week on "4th and Forever," the Jackrabbits lost to Mission Viejo. Strong practices during the week made them confident they had a shot at breaking a history of getting beat by the Diablos on the field, but when game time came, their best efforts weren't nearly enough. The Jackrabbits are now 2-2 and head coach Raul Lara knows he'll have to shake things up again to figure out why the team isn't performing consistently.
Some of the players feel it can't all be their fault. At Dabness and Jacob Irving's home, a few Jackrabbits and close friends pick apart what went wrong. They agree that part of the reason for their struggles was quarterback Emmanuel Lara, who botched three different scoring attempts.
Coach Lara removed starting quarterback Chaiyse Hales from the field after one bad play and then let his son Emmanuel finish the game. To the other players, this was a poor call that contributed to their loss.click here to continue reading
// June 22, 2011 by 4thandForever
How do you handle the pressure when the stakes are high? Here's this week's infographic of your feedback from our second "4th and Forever" Big Featured Discussion!
Click on the image for a closer look:
Don't miss a brand new episode of "4th and Forever" TONIGHT at 9/8c on Current TV. For popular scenes, web exclusives, and additional blogs, visit current.com/4thandForever.
// June 21, 2011 by 4thandForever
We're loving the insightful feedback we've received from "4th and Forever" viewers. Take a look at what they're saying and be sure to share your thoughts on Twitter with @4thforever, on Facebook (link to 4AF Facebook page), and in the comments below!
After a brief upswing to the Long Beach Poly 2010-2011 football season, the Jackrabbits were thrown back into uncertainty about their chances at becoming champions by a crushing loss. Longtime rivals Mission Viejo dominated on the field last week. They won against Poly, 37-7, maintaining their history of besting the Jackrabbits on the field.
Before the premiere, fans on Facebook and Twitter couldn't wait to see the match-up play out:
Jeff Fowler Looking forward to watching this episode!
Jermaine Polo Grimes Yea same here.
Jake Wilkins Much love for Long Beach Poly Football from Melbourne, Australia…!
Twitter fans were just as excited about the upcoming episode.
@Slambradley32 Bout to watch @4thforever now. Had to dvr it, can’t wait to see what’ll happen next!
Afterward, some were appalled by Mission Viejo's lack of respect for Poly.click here to continue reading
// June 21, 2011 by 4thandForever
While most football fans are still hoping the NFL will solve its labor dispute in time to be on TV this fall, Poly players are faced with more pressing concerns. They may aspire to to NFL greatness, but for many on the team, more pressing concerns are keeping a roof over their heads, food in their stomachs and steering clear from gang violence.
Due to his full-time work as a probation officer and from his spot on the sidelines, Coach Raul Lara is intimately aware of the harsh realities of growing up in a challenging environment.
Lara explains that gangs see the status and stature that being a football player brings, and try to use it to steal some recognition for themselves.
// June 17, 2011 by 4thandForever
The Long Beach Poly Jackrabbits sent their fans home early during a humiliating road loss to Mission Viejo in the team's fourth contest of the season.
"I looked up at the scoreboard throughout the entire game. I just felt -- I felt disgusted with the way that it looked," said Dabness Atkins, the team's standout Defensive Back. "We just made too many mistakes. Our fans left at the start of the 4th quarter. That's just embarrassing."
// June 15, 2011 by 4thandForever
Thank you, "4th and Forever" fans, for all your comments to our recent Big Featured Discussion! We've tallied your feedback and, starting this week, we'll be featuring your BFD responses as infographics, starting with the one below (click on the image for a closer look).
This infographic was created by our terrific intern Aubrie Johnson, who also made this one about films and TV shows shot at Long Beach Poly.
Tune in for new episodes of "4th and Forever" every Thursday at 9/8c on Current TV. For popular scenes, web exclusives, and additional blogs, visit current.com/4thandForever.click here to continue reading
// June 16, 2011 by 4thandForever
After the last-minute victory over the Narbonne Gauchos, the Long Beach Poly Jackrabbits once again feel like they have a shot at taking another championship. Coach Raul Lara reminds them not to make the same mistakes they did two weeks ago. This isn't the time to rest on their laurels, because their next opponent is a team Poly has never beaten: The Mission Viejo Diablos.
"Everybody wants to beat you," Coach Lara says. "The beauty of this game right now, and the beauty of this team, you didn't give up."
Trusting one another helped the Jackrabbits eventually win against Narbonne, but Mission Viejo is a bigger test. Defense and offense must really work together.
When he isn't coaching, Raul Lara works at Central Juvenile Hall.
Maintaining graveyard hours there allows Lara to coach during the day. He considers his two jobs more symbiotic than mutually exclusive. The cases he encounters while at the juvenile hall motivate Coach Lara to keep his players out of trouble. He has an ever-evolving firsthand knowledge of the temptations and threats Long Beach teenagers face, and Lara uses what he learns to help keep students he works with on the right track.click here to continue reading
// June 14, 2011 by 4thandForever
Last week on 4th and Forever, the Long Beach Poly Jackrabbits were determined to recover from their upsetting loss against St. Bonaventure. The game against the Narbonne Gauchos really made Poly work for it, too, neither team able to hold a lead for long throughout the entire game. Luckily, when the clock ran down, Poly was ahead, earning the Jackrabbits a narrow 23-20 victory.
Viewer reactions to the episode were all over the map. On Twitter, one viewer said that he'd love to step up and play with Poly.
@FckenJoJoe Watching 4th and forever, i wishh i was on that football team looks like its a challenge
On Facebook, some people were less than impressed by Poly's showing.
Daniel Imoesiri By far one of the softest Long Beach Poly teams I have ever seen.
// June 10, 2011 by 4thandForever
There's a reason why they call the players that make up this unit "special." In this play by Long Beach Poly's Randal Goforth, you can see exactly why.
"Something in me told me," Goforth said. "I had a burst of energy in me saying, 'I was going to score that one.'"
// June 09, 2011 by 4thandForever
The Long Beach Poly Jackrabbits have already faced great highs and crushing lows so far this season. Poly came out strong for the first game back, but the team did a complete 180 in its matchup against St. Bonaventure High School last week. Coach Raul Lara tried to warn the Jackrabbits, telling them not to let their first win get to their heads because they still had a long way to go to regain their place as champions. The Jackrabbits nonetheless got a rude awakening when St. Bonaventure high school beat them on the field, 32-7.
By the end of the game, Coach Lara had reached his breaking point. Now no one's position on the team is guaranteed. If the Jackrabbits want to keep representing Poly on the field, each player must prove he's really ready to work.
It starts with an attitude check. Strength and conditioning coach Gregg Washington rounds up the team to let the players know what they need to fix:
2. Work ethic
All of this can be improved with an attitude change. Since the start of the season, Washington says, he's felt the Jackrabbits lacked a real urgency or true team spirit. They're not hungry. If they are, the coaches aren't feeling it, and perfecting technique won't matter if the Jackrabbits aren't really dedicated to winning.
Team captain Dabness Atkins gets a personalized wake-up call when he seeks Coach Lara's advice about getting onto a Division I football team in college.
Lara believes in Dabness, but if Dabness really wants to get recruited by a Division I team and stand out in college, he'll need to check his attitude. Last week, he was ready to let his temper get the best of him too easily.click here to continue reading
// June 08, 2011 by 4thandForever
Television critics and Poly alumi had been excitedly anticipating "4th and Forever" coming to Current TV. Since the docu-series about Long Beach Polytechnic High School's football team premiered, Current's viewers and online community have made the most noise about the show.
After two weeks, "4th and Forever" is seeing a wealth of excitement, community reaction, and even suggestions for where "4th and Forever" could go in the future.
Here's just a taste of what you're saying!
Used to think friday night lights was the best show ever, then i found this.
this show is a great show. motivational for kids growin up in the hood. and it says what channel on the fb page.
This show is the best show for high school athletes the producer should do Miami Northwestern Bulls Next......
The players are wearing the initials of my twin brother, Dennis Rosenberg, on their helmets which can be seen in some of the footage, such a great tribute to honor their #1 Fan who passed away in June 2010. I'm glad I was able to catch some of the games and can see that the story of this school and team will now be shown to the world. Thank you again LB Poly!
// June 06, 2011 by 4thandForever
Long Beach Poly High School has been the alma mater for a number of professional NFL players, but one of its most infamous alumni makes headlines for his music instead of his roots in sports. Hip-hop star Snoop Dogg attended Long Beach Poly as a teenager. He recently sat down with Current TV to talk about what makes Poly so influential for its students.
// June 03, 2011 by 4thandForever
Suffering from what players called being “big headed” following a decisive season-opening victory, Long Beach Poly’s hopes for a perfect season came to a grinding halt the next week.
“After last week we just thought we were so good and we were unbeatable,” junior defensive back, Jeff Turley Jr. said.
The St. Bonaventure Seraphs came ready to play, dismantling the Jackrabbits, 32-7, at Veterans Stadium. After the game, Poly players spoke candidly and attributed the loss to a lack of focus during practice all week.
// June 02, 2011 by 4thandForever
If you missed the third episode of "4th and Forever," we've got you covered. There will be repeat airings on Current TV (check your local listings) Plus, we're bringing you recaps for each episode right here on the "4th and Forever" blog each week. Be sure to visit us every Friday for recaps, insights, and some surprises!
Last week on "4th and Forever," the Long Beach Poly Jackrabbits got off to a rocky start in their preseason practices. Coach Raul Lara was afraid the varsity football team might not be ready to reclaim its legendary status after referees stopped a scrimmage against St. John Bosco when a fight broke on the field. Their odds of winning their first game seemed grim, but Coach Lara saw things turn around when the Jackrabbits pulled together under the leadership of new starting quaterback Chaiyse Hales, and Long Beach Poly won its first game of the season, 42-28.
Now, the Jackrabbits are riding high from their huge victory, but not everyone is ready to celebrate. Running back Jeremiah Hollowell watched the first game from the sidelines. While he understands Coach Lara had him sit out to give his injured shoulder more time to heal, he's still worried about what this could mean for the rest of the season. He's also worried about that his mom Margaret won't react well to seeing him on the sidelines.click here to continue reading
Long Beach Poly running back Jeremiah Hollowell loves the game so much that he got his first tattoo in honor of his team, The Jackrabbits. They are now immortalized on his right arm, constantly showcasing his pride for the players and coaches he considers a second family and an inspiration to others.
"Representing Poly means a lot," he says. "We're all Long Beach has."
Now we want you to show us your team spirit. Do you have tattoos commemorating sports you played with, have helped out, or support and represent with pride? We want to see your ink!
1. Log in to Current.com (Don't have a username? Register in seconds.)
2. Click here to to post a story to current.com and tell us about your ink (what it is, who it represents, why you chose it, etc).
3. Click 'add video/image' to upload a picture of your tattoo.
4. Hit 'Submit' to get your post on the site.
5. Tag your post with '4th and Forever Tattoo' and link it in the comments of this entry so that we can find your work.
At the end of the week, we'll round up the submissions and feature some of the most interesting tattoos and stories. Any team, any sport -- it's time to let your sports pride shine!
Long Beach Polytechnic is known for more than just the Jackrabbits; it's also the most filmed high school in the entire United States.
The school has been a backdrop to everything from films and TV series to music videos and commercials. Check out this infographic made by our fabulous intern Aubrie Johnson to see what shows have filmed in the halls and on the field at Poly.click here to continue reading
// May 26, 2011 by chanelleberlin
If you missed the premiere episode of "4th and Forever," we've got you covered. There will be repeat airings on Current TV (check your local listings) Plus, starting today, we'll be bringing you the best moments from each episode right here on the 4th and Forever blog. Be sure to visit us every Friday for recaps, insights, and some surprises!
It's a brand new football season for Long Beach Poly High School and the Jackrabbits face a huge challenge this year. The high school has a history of sending more players to the NFL than any other in the United States, but during the 2009-10 season, the varsity football team had one of its worst runs since head coach Raul Lara took the reins. With six games won and six games lost, Long Beach Poly went from champions to disappointments in 2009.
Now, for Coach Lara, the 2010 season is a chance to get back on top. For many of the team's seniors, new games also mean a chance to prove that football has the potential to, hopefully, give them a way out of Long Beach. The city's residents are no strangers to living among gang violence, drug trafficking, and struggling to make ends meet in low-income neighborhoods. Football not only helps keep young teenagers away from dangerous lifestyles, it may just be the ticket to escaping Long Beach altogether and getting their families into better situations. This season Long Beach Poly is set on redemption.
At the very first practice of the 2010-11 season, five Long Beach Poly Jackrabbits in particular prove they're definitely driven to make their football ambitions a reality: senior defensive cornerback Dabness Atkins, senior running back Jeremiah Hollowell, senior defensive lineman Devin Jackson, and two juniors contending for the starting quarterback spot: Chaiyse Hales and Emmanuel Lara, who happens to be Coach Lara's son.
But restoring Poly as a superstar team isn't easy.click here to continue reading