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ocky Long wasn’t in the Army then or now. But someone else in the Long household did have an Army connection. That meant one certain game, each year, was must-see TV before Long was long in the tooth: Army-Navy. “I’d watch that game with great interest because I used to watch it with my father, who was in the Army for 30 years,” said Long, the San Diego State football coach. “So you know which team we rooted for.” But the Black Knights will be minus a fan come Dec. 23 when the Aztecs face Army in the Armed Forces Bowl. For the eighth straight season, the Aztecs (10-2) have put on their bowling shoes. But like those musty

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ones down at the lanes, does this shoe fit? Some thought the Aztecs, with wins over the Pac12’s Stanford and Arizona State, deserved a better matchup against a bigger name. But the dominoes fell in a way in which SDSU didn’t anticipate. When Ohio State beat Wisconsin in the Big 10 title game and still failed to reach college football’s version of the Final Four, the fallout reached the West Coast. Instead of the Buckeyes being locked in a semifinal

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nior point guard Finnian Sullivan have been the top players for the Falcons. La Jolla Country Day, meanwhile, wrapped up its championship berth a night earlier, defeating El Camino 74-40. The Torreys, spearheaded by junior shooting guard Ryan Langborg, ground out tough wins against Murrieta Mesa, Westview and Carlsbad before the Dec. 5 win. The Coast News Classic wraps up Dec. 7 and Dec. 8 at Carlsbad High School with a series of “crossover” games, where teams in Pool A will play teams in Pool B, according to their place in the standings. On Dec. 7, Carlsbad will play Point Loma in the battle of fifth-place teams; Mission Hills will play Westview in the fourth-place team game and Murrieta Mesa will play Orange Glen in the battle of

third-place teams at 4 p.m., 5:30 p.m. and 7 p.m., respectively. On Dec. 8, El Camino will face Temecula Valley at 5:30 p.m. for third place, followed by the championship between the Torreys and Falcons at 7 p.m. Temecula Valley won the 2016 Coast News Classic and El Camino won the inaugural event in 2015.

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REGION — Two of San Diego’s top teams will face off in the championship of the Coast News Classic. Undefeated runs in their respective pools have the La Jolla Country Day Torreys and the Torrey Pines Falcons in the final of the third annual Coast News Classic. Torrey Pines punched its ticket Dec. 6 in convincing fashion, an 85-45 victory over Orange Glen, which came into the game with a 2-1 record. Had Orange Glen won, combined with a Temecula Valley win, there would have been a three-way tie for first place in Pool B. Instead, the Falcons finished 4-0 with wins over Temecula Valley, Orange Glen, Point Loma and Mission Hills. Junior shooting guard Bryce Pope and se-

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From left, San Diego American Legion Post 416 members Steve Lewandowski, Charles Schmidt and Jay O’Keffe at a blow-out game day for the Army-Navy football game, which this year will be 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Dec. 9 at 210 F St., Encinitas. There will be a tented outdoor venue blocking off F Street, with multiple large-screen TVs and a sound system, food and drink specials and free parking and a kids’ fun zone. Tickets are $25 or $35 including two drinks. Children are $15. The Legion Post members will serve a chili and chowder bar and barbecue, plus a kids’ meal of hot dogs and hamburgers. Courtesy photo

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matchup with Clemson, the bull’s-eye fell on the Aztecs. Instead of battling a Pac-12 team in a more well-known bowl, they were paired with the Black Knights (8-3). “Our No. 1 criteria was to play the very best team we could play and the chance to play Pac-12 teams evaporated,” Long said. “I don’t know how it works — don’t ask me — but that’s just the way it works.” So getting worked up over SDSU being shoved to a bowl it didn’t anticipate being in does no good. Although the combination of SDSU being placed in the Armed Forces Bowl, and star Rashaad Penny being ignored for national awards, leaves Aztecs fans wondering what’s up? Unfortunately, SDSU is anchored in the Mountain West, which doesn’t have the gratis of the Power 5 conferences. Not much the Aztecs can do about that other than rewind the tape and beat Boise State and Fresno State. SDSU didn’t, of course, which wrecked the dreams of a perfect season and even the chance to play for the MW championship. Despite signature nonconference wins, the Aztecs stumbles in a watered-down conference was critical. “We are disappointed we weren’t in the (MW) championship game and we might have maybe had a little bit more control where we would have gone,” Long said. “But whenever you win 10 games in a 12-game season, I think that puts us in the top 20 of every category. I’ve been told in the last three years that we have the third-best winning percentage in all of college football, that’s not bad.” So is it a black mark

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