MOORPARK — Saturday night gave Grace Brethren football head coach Josh Henderson a new spin on “familiar foe.”
Henderson was the head coach at Aquinas High School for nine seasons from 2000-2008, winning two CIF titles in that span. One week removed from winning a CIF title with Grace Brethren, his heart was torn knowing his old program was in the way of a trip to Sacramento for a CIF State title.
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“The primary goal of this game was to win, obviously, and we did that. But at the same time beating Aquinas doesn’t necessarily feel good for a lot of reasons, however, losing to them would have felt a lot worse,” Henderson said with a chuckle.
Henderson relished in a 24-8 victory over Aquinas, lifted the CIF Division 2-A Regional plaque, but was then smothered by former Aquinas players with smiles and hugs who traveled to Moorpark College to watch their old coach from the opposite sideline.