The Fantasy Football Girl covers the All Sports Los Angeles Film Festival

The All Sports LA Film Festival – which aims to promote the art of filmmaking within the world of sports and competition – is a four day event that culminates into a truly impressive closing ceremony. This year, the festival directors chose to cap things off with an auction to benefit the Paralyzed Veterans of America and an awards ceremony in which Bruce Jenner, Tai Babilonia, and Randy Gardner were all presented with the “All Sports Film Festival Legendary Athletes Award.”


Virgen: Legendary Coach Johnson Changed Lives - Daily Pilot

The legendary Ernie Johnson coached only one year of football at Newport Harbor High, but he made such an impact that remains today. He motivated the players in that one year and turned the Sailors’ program into a winner, leading the Tars to their first league championship in 28 years. Johnson died at 87 on Sept. 15. A celebration of his life will take place in El Rancho High School’s gymnasium in Pico Rivera Nov. 3 at 1 p.m. Johnson is beloved in Pico Rivera. At El Rancho, the football field is named after him.


Former Football Coach Passes Away - Cerritos College News

He came from an era where football coaches were as gruff as they come. Feared by his players, yet revered by his colleagues. One of the most prolific and successful coaches in California high school history, Ernie Johnson, passed away on September 15, 2013 at the age of 86 after complications from a fall. From 1971-77 Johnson served as the head football coach at Cerritos College, but his influences with the program continue through today.


Ernie Johnson was a perfect fit - Whittier Daily News

Ernie Johnson, El Rancho High School and the city of Pico Rivera could not have been a better match in the 1950s and 60s. Johnson was from a working-class background and was a World War II and Korean War veteran. His students and players at El Rancho — he became a teacher when the school opened in 1954 and became head football coach in 1956 — were the children of working-class parents, many of whom were veterans themselves. Johnson and the parents of his players shared history, values and beliefs and the parents trusted the lessons they taught at home would be continued on Johnson’s practice field.


Sailors want to max out - The Daily Pilot

Newport Harbor receives a boost and motivation from documentary about 1970 football team.

Ernie Johnson didn’t get to see the amount of weight football players benched or squatted at Newport Harbor High on Friday. The players saw Johnson, a former coach, after the lift-a-thon that 6-foot-4, 305-pound junior lineman Ramsey Hufford won. Hufford is the lone member of the school’s 1,500-pound club, which includes the bench press, squat, power clean and snatch.


'Touchdown Newport' Premieres Tuesday Night - The Daily Pilot

Documentary about 1970 Newport Harbor High football team features Kyle Chandler as narrator.

Randy Hamilton, the director of the high school football documentary “Touchdown Newport,” hopes the movie becomes popular nationwide after its premiere at the Newport Beach Film Festival. That desire may sound lofty, but Hamilton has seen the seemingly improbable become reality while working on the film about the Newport Harbor High School 1970 football team over the past three years.


'Touchdown Newport' - Newport Beach Independent

Can football change lives? According to Newport Beach resident Randy Hamilton, the answer is a resounding yes.

“People ask what has influenced me in my life, and the first thing out of my mouth is playing football at Newport Harbor High School in 1970 when Ernie Johnson came and we won the Sunset League Championship,” said Hamilton. “If I had one year to live over again, I’d go back to that year.”


'Touchdown Newport' to be shown at Newport Beach Film Festival - The Daily Pilot

When Randy Hamilton and Tony Horvath first started working on the documentary, “Touchdown Newport,” they always envisioned showing it at the Newport Beach Film Festival. Now their vision will become real.



‘Touchdown Newport’ has been named an official selection of the 2013 Newport Beach Film Festival. The NBFF is a prestigious event, which attracted over 52,000 attendees in 2012. The festival announced a record number of submissions from over 50 countries. ‘Touchdown Newport’ will be one of 350 films included in the festival. This will be the world premiere for the documentary. ”We are pleased and honored to be named an official selection of our hometown film festival. The Newport Beach Film Festival has grown into a world-renowned showcase for both acclaimed films and local Orange County filmmakers,” said the film’s director Randy Hamilton. ‘Touchdown Newport’ is Mr. Hamilton’s first feature-length film. The film festival runs for eight days, starting on April 25th. Details regarding the screening schedule and locations will be announced shortly. Join our Mailing List to receive updates and ticket sales information.


Virgen: 'Touchdown Newport' very entertaining - The Daily Pilot

There are sure to be plenty of memorable moments produced during and after the viewing of the documentary, “Touchdown Newport,” about the 1970 Newport Harbor High football team. Probably none can be as poignant and heartwarming as what occurred at Lido Theater on Saturday, when the film made its debut for a private audience.


Remember the 1970 Sailors - The Daily Pilot

Ernie Johnson used many motivational speeches when he coached the Newport Harbor High football team in 1970. Motivation was sorely needed. There hadn’t been anything to really cheer about for 28 years.