Local

Blessing of the helmets as Mission Prep High heads to championship game Friday night

Mission Prep College held a "blessing of the helmets" for the school's football team in support of their CIF-Southern Section Northeast Division title game against Rio Hondo Prep on Friday, November 30th. Mission Prep's Deacon Chuck Roeder blesses the team's helmets during a ceremony in their gymnasium Friday morning.
Photo by Laura Dickinson

Photo by Laura Dickinson 10-21-2012
Mission Prep College held a "blessing of the helmets" for the school's football team in support of their CIF-Southern Section Northeast Division title game against Rio Hondo Prep on Friday, November 30th. Mission Prep's Deacon Chuck Roeder blesses the team's helmets during a ceremony in their gymnasium Friday morning. Photo by Laura Dickinson Photo by Laura Dickinson 10-21-2012 ldickinson@thetribunenews.com

Angelic-like choir voices and piano music filled the Mission College Prep High  School gymnasium Friday morning just before holy water was sprinkled  onto the football team's gold-and-blue helmets in honor of the  CIF divisional championship game against Rio Hondo Prep School in  Arcadia

It’s been almost 50 years since Mission Prep competed for the championship title.

“I think it shows the new era and what we’ve done – all the work we’ve  put into it,” Royals quarterback Tyler Baty said.

The 17-year-old senior said everyone is excited that all the hours of  workouts and practice have led them the team to this point.

A 54-26 victory over Salesian High School in last week's semifinals  brought the Royals to the CIF-Southern Section Northeast  Division championship game. The team is slated to travel there by bus  at noon.

The morning “blessing of the helmets” ceremony, honoring the  53-student football team, brought tears to the eyes of school Athletic  Director Bailey Brown.

“This is why we coach … this is the championship,” she said, noting  how proud she was of all the athletes and their coaches.

Head coach Chad Henry said that Mission Prep previously went CIF  championships in 1962 and 1964.

“You are already making history for Mission College Prep; this  community,” the Rev. Russell Brown of Mission San Luis Obispo said at the  assembly.  “You inspire us. You have all year.”

  Comments