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Judge Memorial Bulldog Football State Champions: 1948, 1949, 1959, 1953, 1970, 1972, 1973, 1981, 1983, 2013

Judge Memorial Bulldog Football State Runners-Up: 1969, 1971, 1975, 1993 and 2007

Judge Memorial Bulldog Region Championships: 1948, 1949, 1957, 1958, 1959, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1966-co, 1972, 1977-co, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1993-co, 2008-co, 2013

George Felt’s Factoids: Judge holds the single-game pass interception record (tied with Bonneville) of nine, set in 1981 against Murray. ... Bulldog Mike Chambers returned three kickoffs for touchdowns in a 1967 game (also against Murray) to set a single-game state record. ... Judge is one of only five programs to appear in at least five consecutive championship games — 1969-73 (won three) ... Per George Felt: "I believe that Gil and James Cordova are the only father-son pair to win a football title, at least in Utah."

Championship pedigree: 1948, Bill Moran; 1949, Tom Mares; 1959, Frank Klekas; 1963, Frank Klekas; 1970, Gil Cordova; 1972, Gil Cordova; 1973, Gil Cordova; 1981, Frank L’Etoile; 1983, Frank L’Etoile; 2013, James Cordova

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Congratulations to the Judge Memorial Catholic High School football team -- Fall 2013 UHSAA 3A Football State Champs!

By virtue of a 36-22 victory on November 16 on the frozen tundra of Weber State University Wildcats football field over the Manti High School Templars, the football team earned the 2013 3A championship. In less than ideal conditions, but in a game that will be remembered for the ages, our Bulldogs gave us a terrific team effort, on both sides of the ball. Down 22-20 entering the fourth quarter, Judge's defense forced a pair of turnovers in the final quarter and Michael Kearns and Henry Garcia each scored touchdowns as the Bulldogs rallied to capture their first state title since 1983. Also scoring for the Bulldogs were Mark Barnett, Max Barnett, Andrew Matthews with PATs, and Braden Pelly with a two-point conversion. Good Work, Bulldogs!

Serving as team captains were Kaden Elliss, Sean McMinimee, Ethan Driffill, Henry Garcia, Jake Soinski, and Mark Barnett. Rounding out the senior leadership were Malik Adams, Tommy Franquelin, Dominic Fuoco, Logan Garside, Taylor Green, Makram Ibrahim, Andrew Matthews, Scott McKennon, Kendrick Nafus, Michael Perry, and Chase Radcliffe.

A very special thank you to our outstanding coaching staff led by James Cordova and assisted by Kevin Berthiaume, Adolph County, Luther Elliss, Stan Finn, Ray Groth, Rich Groth, Peter Halloran, Ron Hill, Chase Jones, Mike Murray, Joe Sasich, Jack Stahl, and equipment manager Matt Ireland.

Our boys had an sensational season and we are all proud of them for earning a 11-2 final record, a 3A North Region Title, and a UHSAA 3A State Title to cap off the year!

The Football Team extends "a Big Thank You to all the students, faculty, staff, parents, families, alumni, bus drivers, and supporters for coming out all season to support the team, and especially to those who sat through the winter conditions in Ogden or watched the game via a live stream. You made a huge difference this season and at the championship game. We cannot tell you enough how much our team appreciates the support."

Currently, over a dozen former Bulldogs are continuing their athletic careers at colleges and universities of their choice, including: Jack Barnett, West Point, Sprint Football; Spencer Conley, SMU; Ben Cook, Montana Tech; Matt Crispo, University of Montana-Western; Patrick Gibbs, Colorado State University; Will Huntsman, Naval Academy; Will Katoa, Eastern Washington; Matt Lewis, Idaho State; Elliott McGill, Carroll College; Zack McKown, Columbia University; and Christian Weidle, Dixie State. Lewis Walker is playing in the European League for the Carlstad Crusaders (Sweden). Also, Judge grad John Fassel, Class of 1992, is the Special Teams Coordinator for the NFL’s St. Louis Rams.

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James Cordova, a 1988 graduate of Judge Memorial, was hired as head football coach in 2003, and has compiled an overall record of 65-52. Since 2003, the Bulldogs have appeared in the State playoffs eight times, including an appearance in the championship game in 2007 and earning the State Title in 2013. During the opening game of the 2009 season, Cordova's Bulldogs defeated Tooele High School on the road to account for Judge's 400th football victory in their storied history.

Judge has 10 state football championships to its credit, the last being in 2013.

  • 2013: UHSAA 3A State Champions (11-2 overall record)
  • 2012: first round of the State playoffs (5-6 overall record)
  • 2011: first round of the State playoffs (7-4 overall record)
  • 2010: appeared in the State semi-final game (7-6 overall record)
  • 2009: first round of the State playoffs (4-7 overall record; 3-2 in region play)
  • 2008: quarterfinals of the State playoffs (6-6 overall record; 2-1 in region play, Region X co-champions)
  • 2007: appeared in the State championship game; first trip back to the title game in 14 years
  • 2006: quarterfinals of the state playoffs
  • 2005: first round of the state playoffs
  • 2002: first round of the state playoffs

Football '14 is just around the corner...

  • May 16, 2014
  • Tank Notice

It’s May, so football 2014 cannot be very far away, right? Right! There is lots of exciting news to report about the Judge memorial Bulldog championship football team. Here are three highlights:

First, we now are on Facebook and Twitter. Please search for and find the “Judge Memorial Football” page on Facebook and like it, and follow us on Twitter @JudgeFootball1. Read more »

Boys’ Football Camp '14 for grades 2 to 12

Boys’ Football Camp for grades 2 to 12

  • Contact: Coach James Cordova
  • Bulldogs Football Web page
  • Two different sessions and times available, depending on grade level
  • Grades 2 to 8: July 15-17 from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Camp Fee is $60
  • Grades 9 to 12: July 14-18 from 8 a.m.

Summer 2014 Football Information Sheet

Judge Memorial Catholic High School Football 2014

Contact Coach James Cordova ( for additional information and with questions.

For a printable version of the Summer 2014 Football Information Sheet, please see file attachments below. Go Bulldogs!

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Incoming freshmen should and are encouraged to participate in all events as possible. Read more »

Elliss '14 signs Letter of Intent with U of Idaho

Judge Memorial Catholic High School senior Kaden Elliss has signed a letter of intent to continue his athletic career at the collegiate level and play football for the University of Idaho Vandals. The Vandals are members of the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) in NCAA Division I, except for football, where they are an FBS (formerly I-A) independent. In July 2014, Idaho will return its non-football sports team to the Big Sky Conference and football to the Sun Belt Conference.

The Vandals are coached by Paul Petrino who just concluded his first year as head coach. Read more »

Soinski to play collegiate football for Occidental College

Judge Memorial Catholic High School senior Jake Soinski has indicated his intent to continue his athletic career at the collegiate level and play football for the NCAA-DIII Occidental College Tigers. The Tigers are members of the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC).

Coached by Doug Semones, the Tigers finished the 2013 season with a 5-4 overall record and a third place finish in the SCIAC. Read more »

Bulldog Kaden Elliss is named UHSAA 3A Most Valuable Player

SALT LAKE CITY — Kaden Elliss, a senior at Judge Memorial Catholic High School, was named the Utah High School Athletic Association Most Valuable Player for the 2013 football season. Read more »

James Cordova named 3A UHSAA Coach of the Year

SALT LAKE CITY – James Cordova, Judge Memorial Catholic High School head football coach, was named the Deseret News UHSAA 3A Coach of the Year following the Bulldog’s 2013 UHSAA state football championship at Weber State University in November.

Cordova is in his 11th year of coaching the Bulldogs, who hadn’t had a state football title for 30 years. Read more »

Longtime coach Ray Groth finally calls it quits

  • by Bubba Brown
  • December 26, 2013
  • Salt Lake Tribune article link

A man who has devoted much of his life to Utah high school football finally is calling it quits.

Ray Groth, Judge Memorial’s offensive coordinator, is retiring, the school announced in a news release. Read more »

Football coach Ray Groth announces retirement

Cue the clichés – end of an era, hanging up the cleats, putting away the whistle. Amid tears, standing ovations, hugs, and well-wishes, long-time football coach Ray Groth announced his retirement at the Judge Memorial Catholic High School football banquet in November.

“I love this game, and the players and coaches are the lucky ones to get to play and coach football,” said Ray to an overflow crowd. “I will miss every single thing about coaching. This will give Deidre and me an opportunity to do some things we weren’t able to do while I was coaching. Read more »

Mark Barnett '14 to play football at Washington U, St. Louis

Judge Memorial Catholic High School senior Mark Barnett has indicated his decision to attend Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, and continue his football career at the collegiate level. The Bears athletic teams compete in the University Athletic Association conference as a member of the NCAA Division III. The Bears went 8-3 for the 2013 fall football season.

Mark has been an outstanding student throughout his four years at Judge Memorial, appearing on the honor roll all four years and earning numerous Scholar-Athlete awards. Read more »