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SANDY HUFFAKER, FOR OCVARSITY.COM
Tesoro Interim Coach John Hall speaks with one of the Titans' players during Friday's game against Chula Vista.

Tesoro ends tumultous week with a victory

FOR OCVARSITY.COM

CHULA VISTA - A tumultuous week for Tesoro ended on a high note Friday night at Chula Vista High.

Seven days after virtually being knocked out of the playoffs by San Clemente, and four days after being notified their coach, Brian Barnes, was removed from his position, the No. 9 Titans (7-3, 1-3) likely ended their season with a 56-17 nonleague victory against Chula Vista.

Senior running back Nate Tago ran for 272 yards and three touchdowns on 20 carries.

Tago said he felt his team united under the leadership of defensive coordinator and interim coach John Hall, who stepped in for Barnes.

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“We took it in and accepted coach Hall as our head coach,” Tago said. “It’s sad Barnes had to leave, but stuff happens, we just had to respond.”

Barnes was removed from his coaching position for the remainder of the season earlier this week by the Capistrano Unified School District.

Hall said he still isn’t aware of why Barnes was removed. The district has yet to give a reason why the change was made.

“Supposedly it was a district choice, had nothing to do with the school and I don’t have the exact reason why,” Hall said.

The players learned of the district’s decision to remove Barnes on Monday.

“The principal came down to the field and told us what happened,” Tago said. “He didn’t explain anything, just told us and we couldn’t make a big deal out of it. We still had a game to play and prepare for.”

Hall said Barnes wasn’t given the chance to speak to his players after his removal. Hall also said he doesn’t know what the school has planned for the future of coaching position.

Gil Ramirez, Tesoro athletic director, declined to comment.


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