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    Garden Grove football coach Willy Puga resigns

    February 18th, 2014, 9:29 am by By STEVE FRYER

    Willy Puga resigned today as head football coach at Garden Grove.

    Puga coached the Argonauts for four years, having been promoted from offensive coordinator before the 2010 season. Garden Grove played in CIF championship games in three of Puga's four seasons and won Garden Grove League titles in three of his four years.

    He said he is resigning because of frustration with what he called lack of district support for the Garden Grove football program.

    "With only four coaching stipends alotted to varsity and only two to JV, it's hard to maintain the program at the level I want to maintain it at," Puga said today. "It's fair in comparison to our league, but we're not just competing in league anymore. We're competing outside of league now."

    Puga, 41, said he is considering pursuing head coaching or offensive coordinator positions for the 2014 season. He has been a walk-on coach at Garden Grove; a walk-on coach is a coach who is not a fulltime faculty or staff member at a school.

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    Football: Defense is the key for Garden Grove

    October 28th, 2013, 4:16 pm by By ANTONIO MORALES

    On Sept. 26, Garden Grove raced out to a touchdown advantage early in its nonleague game against Katella.

    The Knights responded with a a 30-yard Miguel Galindo field goal. That was the last time Katella or anybody else has scored on the Argonauts' defense, a string of 19 consecutive scoreless quarters and four straight shutouts.

    The stingy defense has pushed Garden Grove to an 8-0 record overall with a 3-0 record in the Garden Grove League, where the Argounauts sit atop the standings. 

    The latest domination by the Argonauts was a 49-0 triumph against second-place Los Amigos. The closest margin of victory in the shutout streak was 42 points, which means a lot of non-starters have helped the keep the scoreless run alive.

    "The backups and third-string guys are taking pride in making sure they tackle and run to the football," Garden Grove coach Willy Puga said. "We're substituting pretty quick on defense, so it's a lot of backups in the third and fourth quarter.

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    OCVarsity Gridiron Extra: Can Garden Grove contain Ashmeade? (video)

    September 26th, 2013, 2:07 pm by JONATHAN KHAMIS

    Steve Fryer, Carlos Arias, and Dan Albano travel to Garden Grove high school to preview the Argonauts' non-league game against TJ Ashmeade and Katella.

    Interviews with Angel Martinez, Bryan Quexel & Willy Puga.

    Video by Jonathan Khamis, OCVarsity.com.

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