West Hills College Coalinga football will kick off its season on Saturday, September 4 at 1:00pm in a non-conference match-up with Shasta College.
The Falcons play all of their home games at the Coalinga Memorial Bowl on the campus of Coalinga High School. West Hills competes in the Valley Conference in the National Division of the Northern California Football Conference. Conference members include Modesto Junior College, College of the Sequoias, Reedley College, Fresno City College and Sacramento City College. Valley Conference play will begin on October 16 with the Falcons taking on Modesto JC in Modesto with a 6:00pm kick-off.
Other highlights are the Homecoming—Hall of Fame Game versus Reedley College at 1:00pm on October 30. The game will be followed by the 2021 Hall of Fame Dinner which will include the induction of the class of 2021 into the WHCC Athletics Hall of Fame. The season will conclude with Sophomore Day against Sacramento City College at home on November 13 at 1:00pm.
West Hills was unable to compete in athletics, including football, during the 2020-21 year due to the pandemic. But the football team was able to have some limited workouts in the fall and some workouts with full-contact in the spring to keep continuity and provide training opportunities for student athletes.
"It will be great to be able to get all of our athletes back on the field," said Falcons' head coach Justin Berna. "We were able to keep our players engaged during the pandemic year with virtual meetings and workouts for those who could attend. While that did help our guys maintain their motivation, there's no replacement for getting back on the field and in the classroom here on campus."
Berna, who has served as head coach since 2017, says official practices will be begin on August 2.