Napa’s Michael Ruffino returned an interception 55 yards for a touchdown to give the Blue team a 17-7 lead during the University of San Diego’s annual spring intrasquad scrimmage last month at Torero Stadium.
Ruffino’s second-half score helped the Blue team to a 24-14 win in a scrimmage that was played in front of Toreros fans, alumni and family members.
The Toreros, who are coming off their second straight Pioneer Football League championship, were drafted into two teams (Blue and White) and played two 40-minute halves.
“We wanted to see who could play in game conditions. It’s different than practice. You can’t feel the same way about a mistake in practice as you do in a game,” first-year head coach Dale Lindsey said on the school’s website. “Today it actually counted and I wanted to see who could function under stressful situations.”
Ruffino is a linebacker and a graduate of Napa High School, where he was named as the Monticello Empire League Player of the Year and the All-Napa County Player of the Year. He was an All-MEL selection at both linebacker and tight end.
In February, Ruffino was among 33 University of San Diego players named to the Pioneer Football League’s Academic Honor Roll for the fall semester. Ruffino, a junior, is majoring in electrical engineering.
UC Davis starts spring drills
Spring drills for UC Davis began on April 2. Eighty players are taking part in practices for the Aggies.
First-year head coach Ron Gould will lead the Aggies through 15 practices.
Charles Boyett of Napa is a free safety for the Aggies.
Iowa adopts high school rules changes
The elimination of two-a-day practices is part of a new set of guidelines designed for player safety and heat acclimatization during the preseason, the Iowa High School Athletic Association announced last month. The changes go into effect this fall.
Among the new rules is the elimination of two-a-day practices by reducing the number of team practices to no more than one per day, the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier (Iowa) reported. Practices cannot exceed three hours in length, but optional weight training activities are not considered part of the practice, The Courier said.
The first two practices are to be without full pads, while practices three through five allow for instructional training but cannot be full contact, The Courier said. Full contact drills cannot begin until day six.
The football playoff committee, which represents school administrators and the Iowa Football Coaches Association, has approved the new guidelines.
“The health and safety of athletes is always everyone’s No. 1 priority and these new measures apply equally to all schools,” IHSAA Assistant Executive Director and football administrator Todd Tharp said in a statement.
Offseason workouts for Raiders, 49ers
NFL offseason workout programs for the Oakland Raiders and San Francisco 49ers start April 15. Voluntary offseason workout programs are intended to provide training, teaching and physical conditioning for players.
OTA offseason workouts for the Raiders are May 20-21, May 23, May 28-30 and June 3-6.
OTA offseason workouts for the Niners are May 21-23, May 28-30 and June 3-6.
Mandatory minicamps for each team are June 11-13.