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News - December 3, 2021

Around Town

REMEMBER THE TITANS ... Gunn High School's football team had an unideal ending to its season, but the players have plenty of reasons to celebrate. The Titans have played strong and recorded just two losses this fall, but a three-way tie for the El Camino Division title and Santa Clara Valley Athletic League bylaws robbed the team of an automatic berth to the playoffs. Nonetheless, Gunn football found itself under the national spotlight on Nov. 28 when CBS Sports aired a story about the team. The 6-minute special, titled "Courage in Sports: Gridiron Greatness," features interviews with coach Jason Miller and student-athletes. Miller, who became the team's coach in 2018, previously headed football teams in southern California and worked as an educator in inner city Los Angeles. "I left because I felt like I needed to effect change on a different level in a different area," Miller said. He's pushed the team to new heights, as seen through its 25-10 record under his leadership, and many of the interviewed students consider Miller as a father figure. "We are a smashmouth system with high academic kids, and it's become a badge of pride and a badge of honor," he said. The players are also advocates off the field, as seen through their participation in protests that supported the Black Lives Matter and Stop Asian Hate movements. "They're all my brothers now," fullback and linebacker Denzel Davis said.

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