For the past few seasons, La Cañada High football Coach Dan Yoder has been intent on spoiling Thanksgiving for his players.
"I have been saying the past couple years that I want to ruin people's Thanksgiving by having practice on Thanksgiving Day," said Yoder, who's entering his third year coaching the Spartans. "I haven't been able to do that, but I'm working on it."
In order for Yoder to accomplish his goal, the Spartans need to win a CIF Southern Section Mid-Valley Division playoff game. La Cañada has made the postseason the past two years without getting out of the first round. The Spartans fell to Covina, 42-14, in the first round last year, finishing the season with a 5-6 record after going 3-2 in the Rio Hondo League.
Making a playoff run this year will be a challenge for La Cañada after 32 players, including all eight of the team's all-league selections, graduated last year.