January 30, 2024

Hahn Honors Cerritos High School Football Team for First-ever CIF Southern Section Championship Victory

The Cerritos Dons are Division 12 Champs

Los Angeles, CA — This morning, Los Angeles County Supervisor Janice Hahn presented an official County scroll to the Cerritos High School Football Team at the Kenneth Hahn Hall of Administration. The team won their first-ever CIF Southern Section in late November, beating Yucca Valley High School in a dramatic 19-13 victory in overtime at Atkins Stadium on the campus of Artesia High School.

“Being a student athlete is not easy, but all of these players have shown incredible determination and hard work,” said Hahn. “The Cerritos Dons give us great bragging rights. They’ve made us all very proud.”

Hahn presented each player with a certificate of recognition and presented the team’s coach, Demel Franklin, with the County scroll. They were joined by Sophia Tse, board member of the ABC Unified School District, and Artesia Councilmember Rene Trevino, who also serves as the team’s game announcer.

“This is a dream season that couldn’t have went any better,” said Franklin during today’s ceremony. “We started out in COVID, this is our COVID team. We had to fight just to get a football season. We fought for four years, and this is how it ended.”

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