By Joe Davidson
Scooter Gomes wasn't afraid to get sappy, soft and emotional.
Yes, football coaches do this, too, not just bark and berate.
Gomes is the coach at fast-rising Cosumnes Oaks High School, the newest school in the Elk Grove Unified School District.
Two players that helped usher in the program are defensive end Robert Ash and defensive back/athlete Maurice Talley. They became the school's first scholarship athletes today, signing national letters of intent to play for Boise State and Weber State, respectively.
For Gomes, a star player during his prep run at tiny Delta High in Clarksburg and a former assistant coach at Laguna Creek, today was the crowning moment. His players were flanked by families, administrators and friends in the school's culinary arts academy.
"I teared up when talking about these kids," Gomes said. "How these kids are carrying the torch for our program. It's amazing how close you get with these kids and their families. They will never forget this day."