tagged w/ 4th and Forever 105 Recap
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.After the last-minute victory over the Narbonne Gauchos, the Long Beach Poly... more