Fryer on football: Tesoro’s Matt Poston thinking like a coach as he prepares for heart procedure

Posted by Titan Football on Sep 17 2019 at 08:38AM PDT

Coach Poston will have an aortic aneurysm repaired on Wednesday, plus other notes and updates from around the country.

By Steve Fryer | | Orange County Register
PUBLISHED: September 16, 2019 at 6:33 pm | UPDATED: September 17, 2019 at 8:18 am

Tesoro football coach Matt Poston underwent a routine medical checkup.

He’s glad he did, although he is not thrilled about where the results sent him.
Poston is in a hospital in Los Angeles. He will undergo open-heart surgery Wednesday to repair an aortic aneurysm. Poston, 44, said he’s been told to expect recovery to take six weeks.

Of course, being a football coach …

“I don’t think it’s going to take that long,” Poston said.

Poston said his doctor detected a heart murmur. He was referred to a cardiologist. An ultra-sound examination Thursday revealed the aortic aneurysm which is an abnormal bulge that occurs in the aorta, the major vessel that distributes blood to the rest of the body.

Poston was immediately dispatched to a hospital in Irvine which then sent him to the Los Angeles hospital for the procedure. He’s had high blood pressure, which can be an indicator of an aortic aneurysm. But other than that …

“Nothing,” Poston said. “That was the crazy part. No pain, no shortness of breath. Nothing.”
The Tesoro coaching staff during Poston’s absence is running the team by committee, with junior varsity head coach Glenn Campbell, a star running back on Saddleback’s 1985 CIF-championship team, having the final say.

From his hospital bed Poston was able to watch live-streaming of Tesoro’s 57-13 win over West Torrance this past Friday.

“The kids came out and played really well,” he said.

Yes, that’s a football coach for you.

Extra points

• Marina is 3-0 after a 21-15 upset win over Katella last week. The Vikings also started the 2016 season 3-0, but missed the playoffs with a 1-4 record in the Sunset League. They are in the Big 4 League now, with Segerstrom, Garden Grove and Westminster so a playoff berth just might be there for Marina this season.
• Tesoro is 4-0 against teams that are a combined 1-13. But it’s not like Poston went cupcake-shopping when he made the Titans’ nonleague schedule. Three of the four teams the Titans have played – Knight of Palmdale, Roosevelt of Eastvale and West Torrance – were playoff teams in 2018 and the one that did not make the ’18 playoffs, Whittier, was 7-3 last year.
• Mater Dei beat St. Frances Academy of Maryland with the usual three ways Mater Dei beats other top teams: with speed, superior conditioning and a coaching staff that will out-game plan just about any group of coaches in the game. The Monarchs have this week off before taking a cross country trip to play St. John’s of Washington, D.C. at Catholic University of America.
• And to answer your question – Mater Dei plays St. John Bosco on Oct. 25 at St. John Bosco.
• Villa Park got clobbered by Mission Viejo 59-0, but the Spartans still look like the best team in the Crestview League, with Yorba Linda second best. El Modena, which got an impressive 39-27 win over Fullerton last week, is third best.
• Mater Dei quarterback Bryce Young is the front-runner for Orange County offensive player of the year and All-County first-team quarterback, two honors he won last season. But let’s not forget what Corona del Mar quarterback Ethan Garbers is doing this season. Garbers, who committed to Washington, has completed 66% of his passes for an average of 344 passing yards a game with 20 touchdowns and only two interceptions.
• Los Alamitos did not play last week and probably needed the break, having started 0-3. The Griffins need a win and likely will get it Friday with a game against 0-4 Carson at Cerritos College.
• Portola, in its first season with seniors on the roster, has won three in a row and is 3-1. The Bulldogs have a bye this week, play Riverside Prep (1-3) next week and open Pacific Coast League play against Beckman, perhaps the league’s top contender, Oct. 4.

Steve Fryer
Steve Fryer covers high school sports at the Orange County Register. He writes a weekly column on the county high school sports scene and also covers games and writes features. Steve also writes a weekly column that covers pro and college sports, and other topics. Steve does concert reviews for the Register, too, when time permits. Steve’s first byline appeared in the Register in 1979. He was in the inaugural class inducted into the Santa Ana Unified School District Sports Hall of Fame. Steve also is in the Southern California Interscholastic Basketball Coaches Hall of Fame, and was the first journalist to receive the Contribution to Education award from the Orange County Department of Education. Steve was honored as Champion for Character by the CIF-Southern Section.