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weather and-whether BY JON COUNCIL Just hours before :Saturday's , . . + football kickoff between!2apis t- rano Valley and Avalon, e local Lancers found themselves swept up into the controversy of "A"- town's political pressures, tangled in the mess of weather and whether. During the previous week Catalina had been drenched with much needed rain, but unfortu- nately the brand new sod laid down only weeks ago on Machado field' was a concern for city officials who now were in an awkward position, as to whether to:allow any activity on the field for fear of tearing up a softened surface. A deci- sion was made by a consortium of city management and high school representatives during a Wednes- day meeting to cancel play on the field if any additional precipitation occurred between then and Satur- day's scheduled kickoff, period. The old playing site near Avalon City Hall on the field of dreams is not an option for those readers out there who might be uninitiated to its condition. The field has been, since the Cubbies left, the lowly unwanted step- child of Avalon for decades and despite assorted efforts over the years by city grounds crews and hundreds of volunteers, (many of thbse, Lancer football players), the field remains full of broken pottery chards, angular gravel, rocks and bits of jagged glass, be- cause after all it had become little more than a dumping ground for concrete rubble and construction debris before being resurrected as a playing field again about a decade ago. Football is a tough sport, played by rugged athletes, but hey, c'mon! Having an entire team and coaching staff do a side- by-side frag-walk prior to each game to pick up threatening items isn'treally a long term solution. I think you get the point. The camera pans to Friday night, and the rains came down. The Irouble now, the Capistrano team had already arrived in Avalon, and for the city, what to do? The weather hadn't cooperated, and now a wet field, what, an eleventh hour cancellation? There are times when there simply isn't a clear-cut answer beaming neon-like in front of you. The truth is there will be a division between certain factions in Avalon over risking the labor and capital expended on the new Mach- ado Field, and those who promote youth sports programs regardless of those financial concerns. You can please all of the people some of the time, and some of the people all of the time, or some- thing like that, bottom line, either way, somebody wasn't going to be happy with the decision that need- ed to be made, the school and city were caught between a rock and wet place. Luckily, some wisdom and problem solving rose like a Phoe- nix by way of an impromptu meet- ing held, at around 8 a.m. Saturday betwee-Mayor Kennedy, city works official Pastor Lopez, High school principle Don Carlson and Coacli Kenny Harrell. The deci- sion, play the game, if there wound ,up being substantial dam- age to the grass, then after the end of the sea- son the sod will be repaired at the High school's expense. Fair enough, game On! So ended the fairness for the Jon Council Columnist resf of the day as far as the Lancer's were concerned. Avalon dropped a squeaker 26-24, while missing a pile of opportuni- ties that would .have turned things around. Capistrano scored early with a long gainer up the middle and added a two-point conver- Sion pass that caught the Lancer's flat footed and mystified. Avalon quickly returned the ffivor and tied things up 8-8. The Lancer defense. stuffed Capistrano's offense 95 percent of the game, the trouble arose with that pesky remaining 5 percent! Capistrano Valley ran essen- tially the same four plays the en- tire game, and for about all but five or six times those plays went absolutely nowhere against Ava- lon, The trouble came with the very few times that they did have success, each of Capistrano's four touchdown scores came from plays that went for fiy yards or more. Capistrano played a game based upon averages, their philosophy being "sooner or later, we can bust one", and sadly for the Lancers, they did. Avalon fought back, leading most of the game, scoring on big o OPEN FOR DINNER 7 DAYS AT 5 P.M. (310) jIO-2 I01 CRESCENT AVE plays them- selves, the dif- ference was that Avalon was actu- ally able to sus- tain legitimate drives down field, eating up sizable chunks of real estate nearly at will, but sev- eral times shot themselves in the offensive big toe, killing solid drives with men- tal error penal- ties which called back big yardage plays and forced them into punt- ingsituations. When Capist- ran0 finally captured the scoring lead with around six minutes left in the fourth quarter, Avalon still had plenty of time to march down field and pull offa victory. They were in the midst of doing just that when a good gaining run around the fight side ended with a fumble caused by a solid hit near the Lancer side- line. Capistrano recovered just inches from out of bounds and was able to hang on to their two point lead as time expired to Avalon's gut-wrenching dismay. No loss is ever easy to stomach, but this one has a particularly sour flavor to it because it was really more of a win that was allowed to just ever-so-slightly slip out of reach for the Lancers. Post season play is now teetering in jeopardy, the first time that has happened in years for Avalon, and that is sitting like a lump of lead in the guts of everyone connected to the 2010 football Lancers. O1 by the way, Machado field came away from the game nearly pristine, maybe that's something we can all be happy about. Next game scheduled to host Southlands this Saturday, Oct. 30 at 12:30 p.m., see you there! Go Lancers! MONDAY offbotdes of wine on the regular menu up to $100 isubiect to availability) TUESDAY Family style all you can eat Chef Greg's award winning fried chicken, spaghetti, salad and bread. ADULTS SI4.95, CHILDREN (10 and under) S9.95 WEDNESDAY $2 off any martini THURSDAY In addition to our regular menu we have the small plate menu (Top)- Martin Loza busts through the defense in the 26-24 heartbreak loss to Capistrano Valley. (Bottom) Juan (Chief) Murillo finds an opening up the center for considerable yardage. Volunteer at the Conservancy'$ Aid Station! into the IglIMAI00IIIM For more information, call (310) 510-2595 ext. 112. 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