When Tim Connavo was named the Yucca Valley football coach in 2007, he had what many thought was a long building process, as the Trojans hadn’t been to the playoffs since 2003 and were stuck in a league with perennial powers Twentynine Palms and Big Bear.
But Connavo didn’t agree. Yucca Valley was a game away from the playoffs his first season, as it lost a halftime lead to Big Bear in the season finale with a playoff spot on the line, before kicking down the postseason door in 2008. The Trojans surged to a 7-5 record, a De Anza League co-championship and a win over Bishop in the first round of the East Valley playoffs.
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