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Padecky: Montgomery's Jason Franci far from forgotten

  • Montgomery High coach Jason Franci arrives onto the field before the game as he was honored with the field being rename the Jason Franci Field at Montgomery High School in Santa Rosa on Friday night September 21, 2012.

Jason Franci didn't ask for any of it, as he settled into the first row of the Montgomery stands. He wanted to slip in, unnoticed, "incognito" was the way he put it. He would pick a road game to do it, thus increasing his chances of anonymity. So Franci decided to go to Maria Carrillo on Nov. 1 and there he sat with his buddy, Todd Vehmeyer, trying to be inconspicuous.

And there's a hoot right there. Jason Franci. Inconspicuous. Elvis is in the building and how do you hide that? Jason Franci, the winningest football coach in the Empire, was going to his first Montgomery game since he retired last season after 33 years as Monty's head coach.

"I didn't expect anything," said Franci, 70. "They are playing so well. I just wanted to sit and watch."

Things were developing as he anticipated until five minutes before kickoff. A Montgomery coach spied Franci, told one of the players and, there you have it, the gold rush was on.

"One of us moved in his direction," said tight end Colton Silvers, "and then we just followed each other, one after another."


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