Former Garden Grove All-County football player Austen Christian, 19, died early Saturday morning after a car crash near the school, Argonauts football coach Ricardo Cepeda confirmed Monday morning.
(Christian is pictured far right)
Christian's car reportedly crashed into a block wall and a telephone pole. Police said the single-car accident took place about 1:40 a.m. No one else was in the car.
"I've known him since he was a little kid so it's been tough," Cepeda said of Christian, a standout wide receiver/cornerback. "Good kid. He was getting in shape to play this year, has been working hard. (He) took a year off to get a little bigger but it's pretty disheartening here at school today."
Orange Coast College football coach Kevin Emerson said Christian practiced with the Pirates last year but wasn't eligible in the fall. There was talk of Christian returning to Orange Coast this summer, the coach said.Read the rest of this entry »