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  • Booster Meeting - January 6, 2016 @ 6:30 PM Room V19


Vista Panther Football


Due to heavy rains and potential flooding, Tonight's regularly scheduled Booster Meeting is postponed until next week, January 13th



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Why High School Football Matters





On December 1, Vista High School Principal Anthony Barela announced Dan Williams will no longer be serving as Head Football Coach at Vista High School.


Coach Williams was a 1983 VHS Graduate, and grew up within Big Red Football having played varsity football in ’81 (13-0 CIF Champs) and ’82, became a VHS assistant coach in ’91 before being tapped in 2004 to lead the Panthers.  Dan is a direct link to the Dick Haines legacy having played and coached under the Panther Football Legend.  Coach Williams led the Panthers for 12 seasons from 2004-2015 compiling a 77-61-2 overall record.  Under his stewardship, Vista teams won 2 SD-CIF Division 1 Championships and were D1 Runners-up twice.   In the Coach Williams Era, Vista’s teams were known for their fierce defense and punishing running game.  In coaching circles, Coach Williams is known as a defensive football innovator and Vista High is often referred to as “Linebacker High School” due to his defensive schemes which showcased the position.  Under Dan’s direction, Vista played an “anyone, anywhere, anytime” schedule, highlighted by prominent opponents from the CIF Southern Section and out of State…This was more out of necessity as many local programs would refuse to schedule Vista with respect to the Panther’s physical style of play.  He has coached numerous kids – far too many to list – who went on became future football playing collegians and professionals and almost countless more who would become productive citizens; but more importantly Dan Williams has also been a positive influence and role model who mentored boys into becoming hard working young men.  Former players came back, as he oncedid, to coach alongside their mentor - some of whom are now credentialed teachers in Vista USD and giving back to the program that gave them so much.  His coaching tree includes assistant and head coaches at high schools and colleges throughout the country.  Dan Williams leaves as his legacy having successfully maintained the Big Red Football traditions brought to Vista by Coach Dick Haines and having brought the program its 8th and 9th CIF titles.  He also departs with the love, respect, and admiration of his players, coaches, peers, and community, as well from the families that supported him and entrusted their boys (and at least 1 girl) to his tutelage.  Vista Football is a better place from when Coach Williams took over.

Best wishes to Coach Dan Williams in his future endeavors.






CIF-SDS Division 1 Playoffs - Round 1

Steele Canyon 31 Vista 20



November 13  7:00 PM at SCHS

Panthers' Luck all Bad on Friday the 13th as Cougars take advantage.  Vista season ends abruptly on the road at Steele Canyon.



Week 11

Game 10

Vista 16 Rancho Buena Vista 10

Big Red Finishes Senior Night with Fourth Quarter Drive to retain Vista Mayor's Championship versus crosstown rival Longhorns. Awaits Playoff Fate.




 11/6 at Dick Haines Stadium

JV Gets Their Kick 24-21

Frosh 1st Roundup not so fun at RBV, fall 35-16






Parent Info for Senior Night this Friday
MEET at Coach Davis' Room V-19 to pick up jerseys and pre game reception.

Parent/Player on field introduction ceremony, you will turn in the jersey on the field immediately after.

KICKOFF Vista vs. RBV for the Vista Mayor's Trophy.


Week 10

Game 9

Mission Hills 47  Vista 21

Big Red miscues provide #1 Grizzlies with plenty to snack upon.  




 10/30 at Mission Hills

JV bounced 49-0

Frosh lose heartbreaker 9-7 



Week 9

Game 8

San Marcos 32  Vista 21

Vista left at the starting gate by Knights Fast Break  




 10/23 at San Marcos

Varsity kickoff 7:00 PM

JV dropped 41-19

Frosh sacked 30-14




Week 8

Game 7

Military Appreciation Night

Vista 38  El Camino 0

Big Red pulls out all the weapons in their arsenal as the Panthers show EC who is the bigger Cat.  




 10/16 at Dick Haines Stadium

JV thumped 35-0

Frosh fall 35-7




Week 7

Game 6


Vista 22  Del Norte 0

Big Red welcomes family to Homecoming but not too hospitable to Del Norte in their first ever trip to Dick Haines Stadium. 




JV trimmed 7-6

Frosh wins big 29-0





Vista (1-4)

Big Red looks to use the Bye Week to heal and take a new head of steam into their Avocado East League opener vs. Del Norte






La Costa Canyon 13  Vista 0

9/25 at La Costa Canyon HS


Panthers claw hard but can't make a mark on the Mavericks, falling 13-0 at the halfway point of of the season

JV get bumped off 24-9

Freshman stampeded by LCC 41-0




Carlsbad 33  Vista 0

9/18 at Dick Haines Stadium


Big Red loses grasp on Lancers after solid start, as Carlsbad methodically pulls away.

JV fall 24-6

Freshman solid in 20-7 victory




Vista let Broncos stampede away from them


Big Red can't get on the offensive as RB plays keep away and takes advantage of Panther miscues on Blackout Night

Rancho Bernardo 37  Vista 6

JV unhitched 28-10

Frosh blanked 31-0




Big Red Overruns Paloma Valley


Big Red totally dominant in 2015 Home Opener versus the Paloma Valley Wildcats (Menifee, CA) at Dick Haines Stadium

Vista 61 Paloma Valley 7

JV falls hard 46-14

Frosh win big on the road 29-11




Vista at Bonita Vista


Penalties, untimely miscues keep Big Red off the board, as Barons battle hard to defend home turf.

Bonita Vista 12 - Vista 0

JV Nips Barons 14-6

Freshman triumph at home 40-28





Vista High Football 2015





Vista High School Football Boosters
Your Executive board for 2015:
Nicki Trevino, President
Danna Johnson, Vice President
Nina Beebe, Treasurer
Sara Davis and Lorie Mauritzen, Co-Secretaries
The Booster Club is preparing for another awesome season of Big Red Football, under
the leadership of Coach Dan Williams. As we prepare for this upcoming season we encourage
all parents to become a member of this great organization. Your ongoing, unrelenting
support and financial contributions will assure making this program a continuing
success. With your help, we are able to support our team and coaching staff by providing
the financial means necessary to purchase new uniforms, provide player feeds and
recognition, passing leagues, end of year banquet and much much more.
This year we are offering three different levels of participation:
Touchdown - $65
(15% off Spirit Wear at booth only!)
First Down - $45
(10% off Spirit Wear at booth only!)
Extra Point - $35

Booster Membership Levels

Your donation makes you a voting member of the Big Red Football Boosters. In addition,
all Booster members will have their names printed in our 2015 Football Program
and by becoming a member you get voting rights at our meetings. Touchdown members
will receive a 15% discount on all Spirit Wear at the Spirit Wear Booth.  First Down members will receive a 10% discount on Spirit Wear at the Spirit Wear Booth.

 We appreciate your continued support! Please contact one of our Executive Board
Members if you are interested in helping the Big Red Program grow and succeed thru
fundraising as well as volunteering for one of or many events.

Link to the 2015 Football Orientation Packet Here




The Vista Football Online Team Store is OPEN!


The Store will open today April 7th and close on May 24th with delivery the week of June 8th.

A second ordering period will begin June 1st and close on July 19th with a delivery date the week of August 3rd.

Orders can be delivered to your house for a small fee or by bulk delivery to the school at no charge.



Click Here to link to Team Store Site



Big Red Supports Read Across America


Alongside Former Panther, and current NFL Great, Leon Hall, Big Red supports the Read Across America campaign.  The photo below shows current Vista Panthers Football players joined by Leon (foreground) reading to students at a local Vista Elementary school


 Upcoming Fundraising Activities:


Spaghetti Dinner - August 22





Previous Events:



Vista Strawberry Festival '15

Booze Brothers



Shakey's Pizza

Spaghetti Dinner and Silent Auction

Mom's Clinic


Strawberry Festival May 25, 2014

Cookie Dough Sales


Thanks to all the volunteers!



Vista High Football Needs You!
Every little bit helps!
We need volunteer parents to get involved in your son's program.  Even if you can't take a direct leadership position you can provide necessary assistance to those who elect to put their valuable time into making your son's time in the Vista High Football Program enjoyable and a first-class experience.  This doesn't happen without the hard work of the Vista Booster Group.   To find out how you can help out please contact:

Attention Big Red Nation:

The road to a 10th CIF Championship can start with you!

The Vista High Football Team is in need of a number of team sponsorships for the 2015 Season. 

The VHS Football Family strives to provide an atmosphere that fosters dedication, pride, and ultimately success. Our goal is to maintain the safest and most successful environment possible for all players.

To transport 100-125 players and coaches to games each week creates a huge commitment of funds. Our hopes are that the Big Red community will rally together to find a way to get our players to games safely. Whether you are a parent of a player, Big Red Alumni, a local business or one of our loyal Big Red Fans, your help in this quest would be appreciated in the form of the following sponsorship opportunities:  

Download Donation Form Letter (Here)


Donate Securely Online via PayPal Below - (Tax ID#33-0727266)

$60.00 Player Sponsor
$400.00 Bus Sponsor - Signage available for sponsorship
$1400.00 Trip Sponsor - Varsity, JV, or Frosh Trip for one game to Opponent School; Signage, Website and Program Ads available
$4000.00 Team Sponsor - Sponsor Varsity, JV, or Frosh Trip to all away games to Opponent Schools; Signage, Website and Program Ads available, New 2014 Big Red Jacket, Sponsor Hat, and Season Tickets.
Custom Sponsor - Name your price...any amount is appreciated!

New Photos uploaded on Facebook

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Booster Meeting
Next booster meeting: Tuesday, January 6, 2016 @ 6:30 PM
in V-19 (Coach Davis' Room)