Eagle Rock’s new football coach faces a tough game off the field

When Jerry Chou left Eagle Rock High School as a championship winning football coach this year, he took some of his staff and, apparently, his team’s loyalty as well. That has made it tough for his replacement, Johnny Lopez, who has failed in his first season to replicate his predecessor’s years-long winning streak and gain the confidence of his young players. Many of the players on the Eagles remain faithful to Chou, who now coaches at Glendale High following a feud with the principal at Eagle Rock.

Lopez, however, not only has to coach in Chou’s shadow. He has to work along side him as well since Chou continues to teach physical education at Eagle Rock. It sounds awkward for everyone, according to a Daily News story:

Chou “is their coach,” Lopez said. “What am I gonna do about that? (Say), `Don’t be loyal to your coach?’ No, he coached them for years. Be loyal. Just be loyal to this team. If you don’t want to play for me, play for the community, play for the school, play for yourself. You don’t have to play for me, just play for those big three.”

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