Coaching legend Henney on Nordhoff High football: 'I Remember...'

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The 1992 Nordhoff Rangers celebrate their league championship. 


This is the eighth in a series of reflections during this COVID-19 shutdown on some of the people and stories that have graced the pages of the Ojai Valley News. Tony Henney played football for the Rangers and then became a coaching legend, leading the Rangers to their first-ever CIF title.



'I remember the chants and the plays. I remember that, all of sudden, wearing a Nordhoff football shirt in town or at school was cool. I remember that if you wrote in a yearbook to 'keep the tradition alive,' you were now talking about winning. I remember seeing the kids looking through the fence and then watching them become Rangers.

I remember that every groomsman in my wedding was a Nordhoff Ranger, I remember ... '

Tony Henney, Special to the Ojai Valley News  

I remember Nordhoff High School football in the 1980s like it was yesterday. When I was 7 years old, I got to be a ball boy, but there were lots of losses. In fact, Nordhoff football lost more games than any other team in Ventura County during that decade. However, there was a glimmer of hope in 1986. NHS had won six games and just beat a very good Agoura team. But, because of a paperwork mistake, the Rangers forfeited all of their wins and finished 1-9 to further extend their losing tradition.

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