Central Catholic Raiders Football
Head Coach, Roger Canepa, 209-404-7860
Coach Canepa is entering his 6th year at Central Catholic High School with over 29 years of coaching experience. He was voted the 2012 Sac-Joaquin Small School Coach of the year by Maxpreps. He came to Central in 2008 after successful stays at both Calaveras and Sonora High Schools. Coach Canepa has an overall record of 53-14 (.791) at Central Catholic. In his first five seasons the Raiders have advanced to the playoffs all five times, reaching the section finals twice. In the playoffs the Raiders hold a 13-4 (.764) record under Canepa. Under Coach Canepa the Raiders will always out-work their opponents. Never known to back down from a challenge, he promises to play anyone, anytime, anywhere.
Chris Torres ('04)
Phillip Martinez ('10)
Derik Tyler ('89)
Daniel Stall ('06)
2012 Season Records
The Raiders swept the WAC by winning league at all three levels. The Raiders started their season 2-2 before winning 12 in row in route to a D4 State Championship. The 2012 varsity Raiderís accolades include winning the Holy Bowl by defeating state power St. Mary's, winning the Western Athletic Conference title, winning the school's 16th Section Championship, winning the inaugural Northern California Regional Championship game and ultimately the D4 State Championship. The Raiders broke numerous State Bowl records in 2012 including rushing touchdowns (9), largest margin of victory (59), most rushing yards (521), fewest yards allowed (174) and points scored (66).
The 2012 team set the bar pretty high after winning the State championship but this year's team is working hard with the goal of making it back to the State game. With a tough pre-season schedule and tough league opponents this will be a difficult task. Everyone involved with the team is excited for the challenge and are excited for the 2013 football season to start.
Trans Valley League Champs
- 1974, 1975, 1980, 1981
Valley Oak League Champs
- 1977, 1978
Golden Valley League Champs
- 1982, 1983, 1986, 1987
Southern Athletic League Champs
- 1969, 1971-1973, 1996-1999, 2001-2005
Western Athletic Conference Champs
- 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2012
Sac-Joaquin Section Champs
- 1972 D3, 1973 D3, 1980 D3, 1981 D3, 1982 D2, 1997-1999 D4, 2001 D3, 2002 D4, 2003-2007 D5, 2012 D4
Cal Hi Sports Division 4 State Champs
- 1980, 1981
Cal Hi Sports Division 5 State Champs
- 1972, 1973, 1998, 2002-2004, 2006
Northern California Regional Championship
Small School State Bowl
- 2007 Runner-Up
Division 4 State Bowl
- 2012 State Champions
10 Myths & Realities of College Recruiting
1. A DIVISION I SCHOLARSHIP IS THE ONLY OPPORTUNITY FOR A HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT-ATHLETE.
Only 0.8% of High School Student-Athletes receive a fully funded Division I Scholarship. There are hundreds of outstanding Division II and III colleges around the country that provide scholarships, grant money and an ounstanding education.
2. THE ONLY COLLEGES TO CONSIDER ARE BIG NAME SCHOOLS OR UNIVERSITIES.
Don't get caught up in the name game. According to US News and World Report, over 50% of the top-rated colleges and universities do not have Division IA football programs. This is all about getting your education and going someplace where they care about your future, and believe in you.
3. MY HIGH SCHOOL COACH WILL TAKE CARE OF MY RECRUITING RESPONSIBILITIES.
They are a great resource for college recruiters, but it is your responsibility to market your talents and get your name in front of college coaches. The average high school coach has personal relationships with less than 5% of the collegiate opportunities across the country.
4. ONCE A STUDENT-ATHLETE IS A SENIOR, IT'S PROBABLY TOO LATE TO BE RECRUITED.
Other than the big time schools, a major portion of athletic recruitment takes place during your senior year. Eighty percent of college programs make their final recruiting decisions after January 1 of the student-athletes senior year.
5. PARENTS KNOW WHAT'S BEST FOR THEIR OWN STUDENT-ATHLETE'S SCHOLARSHIP CHANCES AND THEREFORE MUST MAKE SURE THE COACH IS PROVIDING SUCH OPPORTUNITIES.
High school sports are supposed to be fun. If parents meddle with their high school coach and put pressure on their kids, the joy of competition will be lessened.
6. BETTER TO WALK-ON AT A NAME SCHOOL WHERE YOU MIGHT HAVE THE POSSIBILITY OF PLAYING RATHER THAN A SMALLER COLLEGE WHERE YOU'RE SURE TO PLAY.
One of the most important choices a student-athlete makes is finding the ideal school, not just the biggest or most familiar. If you love your sport, you'll want to play, regardless of size or location.
7. IF YOU RECEIVE A PHONE CALL FROM A COLLEGE COACH, YOU'RE SURE TO BE A SCHOARSHIP CANDIDATE.
Just because you're getting calls from colleges does not mean you are one of their top recruits. Ask the coach directly, "Are you offering an official paid visit, and will you be making a home visit?" Their answers will signal their true interest in you.
8. MOVE QUICKLY ON ANY OFFERS MADE.
The more options you have available, the better your chances to not only finde the best financial package, but also the right college for you. Put yourself in a position to negotiate by being involved with as many schools as possible.
9. UTILIZING A RECRUITING SERVICE IS THE BEST WAY TO GET A COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIP.
College coaches rarely use recruiting services. However, most college coaches do use collegiate scouting organizations. We would only recommend an organiztion that has established coach relationships, work with qualified student-athletes and offers a money back guarantee.
10. THE BEST WAY TO GET DISCOVERED IS TO GO TO COLLEGE CAMPS OR PARTICIPATE IN CLUB SPORTS BECAUSE THIS IS WHERE A STUDENT-ATHLETE GAINS EXPOSURE.
College coaches and/or pro scouts primarly attend to evaluate student-athletes already on their list. Your high school coaches are knowledgeable and care about your future so take their recommendation when it comes to participating in there events.