Peter Antone, the former standout defensive back and receiver for the 2006 League Champion Hawks, has had to prove himself every season since his days as a Saddleback Bear due to his size. He has always proven to be an excellent football player. Peter faced his biggest challenge this summer when he reported to camp to play football for Chapman University. This year would be no exception.
At the conclusion of the 2006 high school season, Coach Ingalls asked Peter if he would be interested in playing at Div III level. Peter never dreamed he would be able to play in college as size was obviously a concern. Peter decided he would give it a go if given the opportunity. Coach Ingalls contacted 4-5 schools, Pacific Lutheran, Occidental, Lewis and Clark, Redlands and Chapman. Coach Ingalls was very aggressive in helping Peter find a college football program. Peter really appreciated the support. He visited a number of the schools, talked to the coaches, etc... Peter really liked head coach Bob Owens at Chapman, and set his sights on them. Last year was Coach Owens first year at Chapman, and he had a nice turn around at the school, achieving a 5-4 record. Chapman University carried about 90 players on the team roster, and were in the process of constructing a new stadium as well (so Peter would get to play in a new stadium, just not as a Hawk :) ). So, Peter made the decision to go to Chapman U.
Peter reported to camp with 19 other defensive backs. The experience was a little daunting at first to say the least as a freshman player in a reputable college program where Peter commented “everyone is good.”
His first few weeks were very hard, with about 5 hours a day on the field, and 3-4 hours a day in meetings. The days started at 8am on the field, and then concluded when they finished their meetings about 9 at night. The players ate all meals together, so it was fun at times, and certainly good team building. Peter’s father, Doug Antone, described Peter’s experience as very challenging and humbling.
Peter learned his assignments quickly, and has been playing mistake free ball, just as he did for the Hawks! He quickly moved from the 4th team to the 2nd team.
The Antone family are very excited about Peter’s progress, however, they have no expectations for Peter’s freshman year as it is all about learning the system, getting stronger, and paying dues.
Good luck to Peter from the Hawks!