To the right is a photo of Cal Poly quarterback Craig Johnston and offensive coordinator Dave Grosz from Cal Poly’s 21-13 win over Eastern Illinois in the 1980 Division II championship game in Albequerque, N.M.
I don’t know what’s being discussed but it looks like Craig is saying, “I call my own plays!” and Dave is thinking, “As long as you call the ones that I signal in.”
Actually, the first thing that jumps to mind when I see this photo, which was provided by Dave’s son Mark, is how little padding Johnston appears to be wearing. Are those shoulder pads under that jersey or a hooded sweatshirt with rolled up sleeves?
Johnston, who now has two sons playing for the Mustangs, must be a tough guy.
He’ll be back in town this week to make a speech at a reunion for the 1980 championship team at a pregame barbecue at Cal Poly prior to the season finale against UC Davis.
It will be the second reunion held at the stadium this season. Just two weeks ago, most of the living survivors of the Mustangs’ 1960 plane crash were back for the 50th anniversary of the tragedy.
The season will end with a look back at a happier memory, the 30th anniversary of the Division II title.