Video/Noah’s Spring Water Team of the Week: Downey’s program has become a winner on and off the field

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Black Hat Football has a Tip of the Hat to Varni Brothers Corp. and Noah’s Spring Water, key partners in our comprehensive coverage of high school football in The Noah's Logo209.

Each week, Black Hat visits a high school to deliver a bounty of Noah’s refreshing spring water. We know high school teams receiving the five hefty cases of Noah’s Spring Water — packed in 24-ounce, resealable cans — appreciate the timely delivery, as well.

Downey High’s football program has become the city of Modesto’s dominant public-school program since Jeremy Plaa’s arrival in 2007.  There was some initial upheaval, and it went through another transition when the Knights shifted to their fast-break scheme a few years later. They gave up 77 and 72 points in consecutive weeks in 2009, but that laid the groundwork for this successful run.unnamed-2

The Knights clinched their fifth consecutive Modesto Metro Conference title with their Week 8 victory over Modesto, a 26-8 win that featured plenty of defense and 26 carries by RB Malcome Green. The Knights are 5-0 in conference, with only a Week 10 visit to Gregori to close the regular season.

After that, it’s off to the Section playoffs, where the Knights are expected to be in Division 2. Finishing 8-2 with an outright MMC title would be Downey’s only hope of hosting a playoff game, so an impressive finish is a must for the Knights.

It’s been another prolific season for Downey’s spread offense:

** QB Brett Neves is second in the Section with 2,287 passing yards and third with 24 TDs;

** WR Calvin Grover is fourth in the Section with 979 receiving yards and second with 64 receptions;

** RB Malcome Green has 1,121 yards from scrimmage and 13 TDs, as well as a 14th score that came on a 92-yard kickoff return.

Plaa has also got his players into the community to read stories and interact with elementary school kids, and he has turned the football program’s Knight Out program into a winner. It’s a big hit with both boys and girls who spend the unnamed-5evening on the turf learning from kids like quarterback Brett Neves, running back Malcome Green and linebacker Aaric Holt.



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Richard T. Estrada has been covering high school football in The 209 area code for more than 30 years and is the voice of authority on the game in California's Central Valley. He oversaw The Modesto Bee's high school sports coverage for a couple of decades, and also was a national award-winning business and agriculture writer. Black Hat Football not only covers the game, but emphasizes education and the need for The 209's student-athletes to prepare for college.

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