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2008 CCHS Football Team

February 5, 2020

The CCHS 2008 varsity football team becomes the third football team and the ninth team to be inducted into the Dons Sports Hall of Fame. 

A victory against St. Mary’s High School (Stockton) capped off the 2008 season with a California Interscholastic Federation Division II State Championship.

CCHS (14-0) (5-0) notched SMHS (12-3) (5-0) with a score of 37-34 to complete an undefeated season. 

The State Championship matchup was full of offense, the Dons and Rams tallied 616 and 489 total yards, respectively. 

Gaffney led the way for CCHS, accounting for five rushing touchdowns and 337 yards of total offense. 

Gaffney, along with quarterback Parker Hipp ‘09 and wide receiver Brad Harrington ‘09 spearheaded the offensive attack for CCHS. 

Defensively, Ryan Downing ‘09 and Jordan Lance ‘10 led the team in tackles with 129 and 117, respectively. 

CCHS boasted a balanced attack, contributing 186.9 passing yards a game and 305.6 yards on the ground, alluding to 91 total touchdowns. 

The Dons sent numerous athletes to Division I college programs, including the likes of Stanford University, the University of Oregon, and the University of California, Berkeley. 

“As a team, they were a great group of kids who worked very hard,” CCHS Head Coach Sean Doyle said. “They were extremely talented, it was a great team.”

The CCHS 2008 varsity football team set the program at new heights in which the team looks to replicate.

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