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2012 Hall of Fame: Dallas Kessman and Jim Barnett

October 27, 2012

From Mission Viejo High School- Dallas Kessman:

Dallas, as a captain his senior year, lead Mission Viejo to a 37-7 victory over Long Beach Poly and was awarded the Great American Rivalry MVP trophy. In the Long Beach Poly contest he rushed for 143 yards and a career best four touchdowns. Mission Viejo High School (12-1) went on to win the South Coast league Championship, and competed for the Pac 5 Championship at Anaheim Stadium. On the way to the Championship Game MVHS beat Long Beach Wilson, Santa Margarita, and Mater Dei. The season brought about many awards for Dallas including: South Coast League MVP, First Team All-County, First Team All-Pac 5 , All-State 93rd team), National Football Foundation Scholar Athlete, and Old Spice Player of the year. Currently Dallas is attending the University of San Diego where he is studying communications, and playing football for the Toreros.

From Trabuco Hills High School- Jim Barnett:

Jim was the first Trabuco Hills High School football coach and was there from 1985-1994. During that time, Jim’s teams won 3 CIF Section Championships in 1988, 1989, and 1993 and brought Trabuco Hills into the Southern California high school football spotlight. Before that, Jim had a long and successful tenure as the head football coach at Long Beach Poly High School. Jim retired from his teaching career in 2002, but has continued to consult and coach part time in the Orange County and Long Beach communities. He could not be here tonight, but he is truly honored to be mentioned with the great names in Trabuco Hills and Mission Viejo football families.

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