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We have a lot to be grateful for!
We have helped guide a generation of youth in South Gate through the sport of youth football: flag/tackle and cheerleading for 32 seasons! 32 years of planning, preparing, service and dedication by hundreds of adult-volunteers as board members and coaches in an almost year-round sport activity! 

But to know us, you would need to know our history and how we began this journey of youth football and cheerleading...

to read a history
article we wrote in our 25th
Anniversary Yearbook in 2014. 


South Gate Pop Warner was a program of youth football & cheerleading that lasted for about 20 years which began in 1960 and ending in 1980. Even then, we were called the South Gate Rams, but the General Manager of the program was a local sports equipment vendor and a big fan of the Raiders, so our colors were "silver & black!" 

1989-1990: South Gate Mayor, HENRY C. GONZALEZ, decided it was time to bring back youth football & cheerleading in the city. He gathered family and friends, altogether about eight (8) of us in 1989 to plan for a return of South Gate Youth Football & Cheer. It was not easy! Legal paperwork had to be filed to make the program a non-profit corporation of the state and federal government to obtain the appropriate ID numbers. Then, we had to look for a football conference to join and we found OCJAAF which fit our goals and objectives as a youth sport program. We made our first meeting with OCJAAF in March of 1990 and we were approved for membership, but on a one (1) year probation. For those of us who committed to the program we had to promise to be there for the first 2-years in order to see it become a reality---time and commitment from family & home life. We struggled with finances to pay for uniforms and equipment, everything was brand new! We fundraised constantly, everything from candy to Slim Jim's (meat sticks) to whatever else we could sell for a profit. We carried well over $50,000 in uniform and equipment debt for 3-years to get the program going. We charged less than $50 per playe
r/cheerleader in registration fees. Cheer uniforms were handsewn and poms were old inventory handed down from the high school. We were fortunate to have the support of then SGHS Head Football Coach, GARY CORDRAY, who welcomed us onto campus and at Hurd Field---we shared our home there from 1990-2016, 27 years!

So, our inaugural season kicked off in July of 1990! With 3-football teams, our history began....were we ready?    

: We were once again the Rams of South Gate!
We initially started off "old
 school" utilizing the SGHS Fighting Ram Logo and of course adopted the symbol of Ram Pride...the 'SG' helmet logo (we had to agree that we wouldn't sell the SG helmet logo because that was something players had to earn, especially at the high school level). It was later, as our program grew that we updated our logo to be the same as the Los Angeles Rams, but in a "red & black" version.  We even later adopted the Ram Horns, like the professional LA Rams....

2009-2018 "THE YEARS OF STRUGGLE! For 19-years we were called the Rams and worked cohesively with the head coach of SGHS. In 2007, for reasons we could no longer control; a temporary principal assigned at SGHS kept pushing us out and without understanding our history or why we were called the Rams?; combined with the fact there would soon be 3-high schools in South Gate; we made a decision to change our identity. WE BECAME THE AZTECS IN 2009! Becoming the Aztecs was truly representative of our community and we were able to retain our colors with the exception of white...including white would make us look more like a Ram than an Aztec, and that was important because the temporary principal continued to do everything within his power to make our existence go away! We survived this principal and although we tried to work with his demands, these years were difficult to say the least. Since Coach Cordray retired in early 2000, we had seen many head coaches come through the high school which we maintained a good working relationship and our coordinated efforts in football. Then a new head coach was assigned from Roosevelt, who took away all of the basic traditional elements of what it was to be a South Gate Ram and began to enforce helmet stickers and a football creed similar to that used at Roosevelt. To many of us and alumni it was difficult to watch. Although this coach had a successful few years at SGHS, he also put little effort or faith in utilizing homegrown South Gate athletes and brought in players not from our community. It was soon realized that this head coach wanted to "control us" on many levels and tell us who could coach and who could not. We had to assert ourselves by telling this head coach that we are a separate entity from the school program and that we had a board of directors we needed to report to and that mostly we could not allow him to dictate how this program was to be run. It soon became apparent that we were no longer friends to this head coach and eventually he was successful in getting us kicked out of SGHS abruptly at the end of 2016; where it was found that both he and then principal sent the district bogus emails of complaints about our program and the many lies as to how we lacked respect for the facilities at SGHS among many other lies about our personal conduct. The principal refused to meet with us and soon left his position to work at the district, then a couple more years this head coach left SGHS. In the interim, since 2017, it took us months to find a new home as the lies about us was well known by the other high school principals. They were very hesitant to accept us and held strict rules upon us while using their facilities for practices and games; we now practice at Legacy HS and all games are played at South East HS. 


2017-2018 was filled with more accomplishments in both our football and cheer program than we could take in! In a word, it was AWESOME! A year to remember filled with great joy and heartbreaking moments that combined make some of the greatest memories we shall have and will last us a lifetime! 

This Web Page will be dedicated to the history of South Gate Aztecs Youth Football & Cheer as we progress through the years, a memory page! Currently under construction, we hope you come back and visit us soon!

As we compile our list of highlights and pictures, you would not believe the intensity of 2017-2018 unless you were a part of it!
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