The Prep Pigskin Report

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The Prep Pigskin Report
PPR Logo.jpg
Official logo
Genre Sports (High School Football)
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 18
No. of episodes 253
Production
Executive producer(s)
  • Paul Rudy (1999-present)[3]
Producer(s)
  • Paul Rudy (1999-present)[1]
  • Rick Willis (2010-present)[2]
  • Brian Birk
Location(s) San Diego
Running time 90 Minutes
Release
Original network KUSI-TV
Original release September 4, 1998 – present

The Prep Pigskin Report is an American high school football television show created by Paul Rudy and McKinnon Broadcasting, airing every Friday night at 10:30pm on the independent TV station KUSI-TV in San Diego.

Also known as the PPR, the program features highlights from every high school football game played on Friday night across San Diego County. The PPR also features segments showcasing student-athletes, coaches, and pre-game and postgame commentary.

The show premiered on September 4, 1998 as an extended sportscast. It has since been expanded to 90 minutes in length, and began its 18th season on August 26, 2016.

Accolades[edit]

The show has a total of received 14 local Emmy nominations (Pacific Southwest region) for Best Sports Program, winning the award seven times (1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2010 and 2011).

Current Prep Pigskin Report on-air talent[edit]

Paul Rudy:
As the leader of Prep Pigskin Report, Rudy has expanded the team of enthusiasts from three to more than 75 passionate "Pigs" who are spread across the San Diego region covering high school football games.

Rudy graduated from St. Norbert College in 1982 and worked as a professional tennis instructor until he was given a job as an overnight news videographer with WKOW-TV in Madison, Wisconsin. He eventually made his way into the sports department in what was, as he puts it, "the demotion of a lifetime!" That demotion has spurred a 3 decade-long sports career that has produced award-winning content at seven different TV stations all over the United States.

Rudy considers the PPR his signature achievement to date. "The Prep Pigskin Report is my Sgt. Pepper. Unless you count the 6-and-5 season my senior year at Madison Edgewood High."

Rick Willis:
Willis is the North County Game of the Week reporter, and is the co-producer of the Prep Pigskin Report.

Before television, Willis worked as a bus boy, dishwasher, server, valet parking attendant, substitute teacher, oil field worker, landscaper, chef, gas station attendant and construction worker. After graduation, he had an internship with KUSI-TV in the news department. After only two weeks he was interviewed for a "sudden" opening in the sports department and was given a job.

Willis worked for two years as an associate producer for the Prep Pigskin Report before becoming the sports director of KIEM-TV in Eureka, California. Thirteen months later another sports position opened at KUSI-TV and Willis returned home.

Willis graduated from San Dieguito High School, currently known as San Dieguito Academy, in Encinitas, California and went on to earn a journalism degree from San Diego State University. He was one of the "Original Pigs" and was made producer of the PPR in 2010. Two Emmy awards and many nominations later, he considers it one of the best professional moments of his life.

John Soderman:
Soderman serves as the PPR South Bay Game of the Week correspondent.

After service in the United States Marine Corps, Soderman was a police officer for the Tustin, California Police Department for three years. He was also involved in sports from early on. His career culminated as a pitcher in Minor League Baseball for the Oakland Athletics and the California Angels, currently known as the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. He once gave up a homerun to then 17-year-old former San Diego Padres star, Tony Gwynn. "I was horrible," says Soderman. "I threw three pitches…a double, a triple and a homerun."”

He has worked in eight different markets including Los Angeles and San Diego. Soderman’s passion for the Prep Pigskin Report stems from what it means to the community and players he covers each week. "In my humble opinion," says Soderman, "the PPR, created by Paul Rudy, is hands down the best high school football show in the country!"

In his spare time, he plays drums for the local Motown band The Corvelles. He has been with the group for nine years and has performed at previous Silver Pigskin Galas.

Brandon Stone:
Stone has dual roles for the PPR: City Game of the Week correspondent and the Student Athlete Spotlight feature reporter. From coffee fetcher to associate to a role in the inner circle, he now has a permanent position with KUSI-TV as an anchor and reporter.

When Stone was in the 8th grade, he was driving to school with his father when he decided he would not only be a journalist, but he would go to San Diego State University and have a broadcasting career in San Diego.

In 2008, Stone earned a BA in journalism at San Diego State University with a minor in religious studies. He applied to KUSI-TV after his news-writing professor announced to the class that there was an opening with Paul Rudy at KUSI-TV as an intern. "I didn't even wait for class to finish," Stone says. "I think the professor made the announcement at 8:03 and I had signed up by 8:10."

Stephanie Kelly:
Kelly attended Poway High School and then the University of San Diego High School, now Cathedral Catholic High School. Her education continued at the University of San Diego, where in 2003 she earned a BA in Communication Studies.

Stephanie's broadcasting career began with an internship in the KUSI-TV sports department during her final year of college. "After two semesters of interning I joined the PPR for my first season. I knew immediately this was a show that I wanted to be a part of for as long as possible." She is extremely thankful to her PPR family (particularly her mentors, Paul and Rick), as well as her East County Schools, players and their families for over a decade of memorable Friday nights under the lights.

Allie Wagner:
Entering her eighth season on the show,[when?] Wagner hosts the Alarm Clock Pep Rally on Friday mornings, bringing Good Morning San Diego the best high school pep rally in San Diego County, and continues that energy into the night as she reports from the Alarm Clock game match up.

Wagner knew she wanted to have a career in sports broadcasting from the age of nine. "I would watch Monday Night Football and just know that I needed to be involved in sports broadcasting," she said. After Wagner graduated from Ramona High School (Ramona, California), she pursued a journalism degree at San Diego State University.

Her first job working in radio was for XTRA Sports 1360/KOGO before she moved to work with the PPR as a field producer. Working her way up the ladder, Wagner has been producing and reporting on sports for KUSI-TV for the past six years.[when?]

Wagner enjoys covering high school football because the game played in this format is the game at its best. "It is football at its most basic, with people who are truly passionate about the game," says Wagner. "The PPR is a way to stay a child at heart being able to watch all the excitement that goes on with these kids and be right in the middle of it all."

Matt Gilson:
Gilson's first encounter with the Prep Pigskin Report came as a loyal viewer, as he watched Paul Rudy try to pronounce the names of his West Hills High School classmates Naftalie Nahiwawa, Ryan Sevier, and Kamy Ahmadian. Matt joined the KUSI-TV crew in the spring of 2009, during his final semester at Point Loma Nazarene University.

Affectionately referred to as "Intern #1," Gilson somehow survived long enough to don the Red Jacket that fall.

After five years as a PPR-only pig, Matt stepped into the everyday lineup on the eve of the 2014 season. When he's not producing, reporting, or chairing the Play of the Week committee, you can usually find Matt with his dazzling wife, Jenna, and their little boy, Caleb.

Coach John Carroll:
Coach Carroll serves as the analyst of Carroll's Corner. Every Friday night he breaks down the style and technique that makes the top high school football players in San Diego County successful.

Coach Carroll joined the PPR Team in 2015 after retiring as the Head Football Coach at Oceanside High School, a position he held for 26 years. During his time at OHS, Coach Carroll led the Pirates to 13 CIF San Diego Section Championships as well as two California Interscholastic Federation State titles.

When asked how The Prep Pigskin Report has played a role in the lives of high school athletes, Coach Carroll said, "The PPR is a BIG DEAL. The show is watched and talked about by just about every high school football player in the County." At Oceanside, Coach Carroll's football program produced two Silver Pigskin Award Winners and three more Silver Pigskin Award Finalists.

Former Prep Pigskin Report on-air talent[edit]

  • Mike Castellucci: former host of the Alarm Clock Pep Rally (2009-2012).
  • DeJuan Hoggard: former co-host of PPR Plus.
  • Jake Fadden: former co-host of PPR Plus and 2004 Silver Pigskin Winner from Hilltop High School.
  • Kerri Sargent-Lane: former reporter for the City Game of the Week (2009–10) and the Student Athlete (2008–09).
  • Lucia Stone: former reporter for the Student Athlete Spotlight (2006-2007).
  • Steve Quis: former reporter for the North County Game of the Week (2000-2005).
  • Charles Dimry: former reporter for the City Game of the Week (2004–05).
  • Lena Lewis: former reporter for the City Game of the Week (2003-2005) and the Student Athlete (2003).
  • Doug Curlee: former reporter for the East County Game of the Week (2000–02).
  • Rod Mackey: former reporter for the North County Game of the Week (1999-2000).
  • Kevin Kelly: former reporter for the East County Game of the Week (1999-2000).

Current Prep Pigskin Report show elements[edit]

Play of the Week: Each week, the best plays from the Prep Pigskin Report are reviewed and nominated for the Play of the Week. Viewers vote for their favorite play on PPR's social media outlets including Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. The winner is announced at the end of Prep Pigskin every Friday night and they receive a "silk-cashmere-blend" Play of the Week T-shirt.

Coach of the Week: Each week the San Diego Chargers and the PPR team up to award a deserving head coach the prestigious Coach of the Week award. The recipient’s school is then awarded a $1,500 check before the next home game to contribute to its football program.

Game of the Week: During the PPR every week, the top match-up in the county is featured as the Game of the Week. The featured game includes extended highlights and a live post game interview with the player of the game.

North County Game of the Week: Escondido Cycle Center sponsors the North County Game of the Week, narrated by Rick Willis. The NCGOW features extended highlights and post game reaction from the top match-up in the North County (San Diego area).

East County Game of the Week: El Cajon Ford sponsors the East County Game of the Week, narrated by Stephanie Kelly. The ECGOW features extended highlights and post game reaction from the top match-up in the East County, San Diego area.

South Bay Game of the Week: National City Mile of Cars sponsors the South Bay Game of the Week, narrated by John "Soderbro" Soderman. The SBGOW features extended highlights and post game reaction from the top match-up in the South Bay, San Diego area.

City Game of the Week: Jersey Mike's Subs and EP Save a Life Foundation sponsors the City Game of the Week, narrated by Brandon Stone. The CGOW features extended highlights and post game reaction from the top match-up in the City of San Diego.

Alarm Clock Pep Rally: Allie Wagner starts her day in a high school gym at 6am, getting the host school pumped up for that night's game. Wagner then returns to the school for the night's game match-up, which features extended highlights and post game reaction.

Pigskin Idol: Every Friday night, a high school student gets their broadcast debut as the "Pigskin Idol". During each show, the high school student experiences what a PPR "Red Jacket" goes through every Friday, watching the game, writing their script and editing their game highlights. The selected student sits in the hot seat next to Paul Rudy, and you never know what's in store.

Shack's Pig Pen: Former Morse High School (San Diego, California) coach John Shacklett highlights the best interior linemen in San Diego County, on both the offensive and defensive sides of the line. Coach Shack breaks down their play from head to toe, and when you get a "Snort" from Shack, you know your in the pen for life.

Marching Scoreboard: At the end of every show, if you miss a high school football score, you can catch it during the "Marching Scoreboard". This segment features the band and/or color guard of a local San Diego high school, in a ticker style scoreboard at the bottom of the screen.

Student Athlete Spotlight: Every week, the Prep Pigskin Report selects a deserving high school student-athlete and features them in the Student Athlete Spotlight, narrated by Brandon Stone. This outstanding student’s talents on and off the field are highlighted with an emphasis on their academic achievements.

Carroll's Corner: Each week former Oceanside High School Head Coach John Carroll breaks down the film of all of the best high school football players in San Diego County.

In Studio Guests: Serving as the last segment on each episode of the Prep Pigskin Report, one high school football player joins Paul Rudy at the desk to talk about their own performance in that night's game. This segment allows viewers to get to know the athletes under the helmets, as they share more about their personal life and future plans.

Sounds of the Game: Every week, the PPR puts a microphone on a prominent player for the entire game. The best of the night’s sights and sounds are blended together for an National Football League films-style feature.

PPR Raw: PPR Raw includes all of the highlights from each game featured on the Prep Pigskin Report. These extended highlights show the best of each game with no time restrictions. PPR Raw highlights are posted to the Prep Pigskin Report YouTube channel every Friday night.

PPR Hogcasts: Every week, the PPR team "Red Jackets" find interesting stories at their respective game, both on and off the field. PPR Hogcasts are posted to the Prep Pigskin Report YouTube channel every Friday night.

Former Prep Pigskin Report show elements[edit]

Pigs and Things Trivia Each week our social media outlets (Facebook, Instagram and Twitter) asked you, the viewer, to answer a San Diego high school football trivia question. The winner received a gift card to Wings and Things.

Pig Poll: Each week our social media outlets (Facebook, Instagram and Twitter) asked you, the viewer, to ask our in-studio guest a question, which is featured during the "In-Studio Guest" segment. The person with the best question received a PPR t-shirt.

PPR Plus: Immediately following the over-the-air broadcast of the Prep Pigskin Report, PPR Plus began on KUSI.com. The 30 minute internet show was hosted by Allie Wagner and Jake Fadden. The program included more highlights, post-game reaction, big analysis and in-studio guests.

Chalk Talk: In each episode, a coach was chosen to draw up their favorite play on a chalk board. The coach and his team then ran the play in practice in front of the PPR cameras to see exactly what made it successful.

Pigskin Unplugged: Each week the PPR cameras would be inside the pre-game locker room to hear what the head coach had to say to fire up his team during his pre-game pep talk.

Pop Warner Team of the Week: A local youth football team was highlighted by Allie Wagner. This showcased their hard work and enthusiasm for football. Players were interviewed about their season and their love for football.

Silver Pigskin Gala[edit]

Every season the PPR holds the Silver Pigskin Gala to declare the winner of the prestigious Silver Pigskin Trophy. Well respected members of the San Diego Community are invited to attend the event each year, including San Diego Chargers General Manager Tom Telesco, as well as all former Silver Pigskin winners, including Reggie Bush (Helix High School), Abraham Muheize (El Cajon Valley High School), Jose Perez (Oceanside High School), Ryan Lindley (El Capitan High School), P.T. Gates (Marion Catholic), Dillon Baxter (Mission Bay Senior High School), Jake Fadden (Hilltop High School), Tofi Paopao (Oceanside High School) and Brandon Lewis (Helix).

The Gala was initially held inside the KUSI-TV studios in San Diego for the first six seasons of the program, before moving to the San Diego Hall of Champions at Balboa Park (San Diego) in 2005. In 2015, the Silver Pigskin Gala made the move to the flight deck of the USS Midway Museum in Downtown San Diego.

Iron Hog[edit]

Starting in 2010, the Player of the Year committee has awarded the "Iron Hog" trophy to the best offensive or defensive lineman in San Diego County. In 2013, Tiasamo Savusa of James Madison High School (California) was awarded the Iron Hog. In 2012, Scott Quessenberry of La Costa Canyon High School received the honor. He would go on[when?] to play college football at University of California, Los Angeles. In 2011, fellow La Costa Canyon High School Maverick Erik Magnusson won the award and went on[when?] to play at Michigan Wolverines football. The Iron Hog award went to Sam Meredith of Helix High School in 2010.

Silver Pigskin Award[edit]

Designed by Dutch Perry in 1998, the silver trophy with platinum in-lays took more than 100 man-hours to craft. The trophy weighs 35 pounds and is two feet tall.

Originally, the Silver Pigskin was awarded to the athlete involved in the "Best Play of the Season". However, as the Prep Pigskin Report evolved, so did the Silver Pigskin award. Currently, it is awarded annually to San Diego County’s most outstanding high school football player.

Silver Pigskin Award Nomination process[edit]

The Silver Pigskin Finalists are chosen by the Prep Pigskin Report "Player of the Year" Board of Trustees and by PPR viewers. Once the finalists are determined, ballots are mailed to every San Diego high school head football coach, local sports media outlet and all members of the PPR staff. Fans also have a role in determining the outcome through the "Fan Vote", by voting on all PPR social media channels, including Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. The "Fan Vote" represents ten percent of the final vote.

Since 2010, the "Fan Vote" also selects the final nominee to stand on the Silver Pigskin podium. In 2010, Rommel Cooper of Mar Vista High School became the first nominee by fan vote, defeating four other players. In 2011, Landon Lozoya of Santana High School made the podium above eight other nominees, spurred by a school wide voting initiative that made local news coverage. In 2012, the "Fan Vote" final nominee went to Chris Martin of Otay Ranch High School. In 2015, Troy Warner of Mission Hills High School was voted to the podium by a land slide of social media votes.

Previous winners/finalists[edit]

 Elijah Preston

2015 Recap
The 2015 Silver Pigskin Gala was held on December 15 aboard the USS Midway Museum. St. Augustine High School (San Diego) running back Elijah Preston took home the Silver Pigskin.

Winner

Finalists

 DeChaun Holiday 2014

2014 Recap
The 2014 Silver Pigskin Gala was held on December 16 at the San Diego Hall of Champions. Mission Hills High School cornerback/wide receiver De Chaun Holiday took home the Silver Pigskin.

Winner

Finalists

 ROYCE FREEMAN

2013 Recap
The 2013 Silver Pigskin Gala was held on December 10 at the San Diego Hall of Champions. Royce Freeman defeated five other nominees to win the 15th Silver Pigskin, the first for Imperial High School.

Winner

Finalists

  • Thai Cotrell (Oceanside High School)
  • Anthony Lawrence (Grossmont High School)
  • Isiah Olave (Eastlake High School)
  • Jajuan Thomas (San Pasqual High School) *Fan Vote
  • Fred Warner (Mission Hills High School)

2012 Recap
The 2012 Silver Pigskin Gala was held on December 11 at the San Diego Hall of Champions. Oceanside's Israel "Tofi" Paopao was the winner in one of the closest votes of all time.

Winner:

Finalists:

  • Derek Babiash (Poway High School)
  • Darren Carrington, Jr. (Horizon High School)
  • Pierre Cormier (Madison High School)
  • Chris Martin (Otay Ranch High School) *Fan Vote
  • Justin Williams (El Camino)

2011 Recap
The 2011 Silver Pigskin Gala was held on December 6 at the San Diego Hall of Champions. Helix High quarterback Brandon Lewis defeated four other nominees to win the Silver Pigskin, making Helix the first school with multiple Silver Pigskin winners.

Winner:

  • Brandon Lewis (Helix High School)

Finalists:

  • Shawn Boose (Kearny High School)
  • Chase Knox (Madison High School)
  • Landon Lozoya (Santana High School) *Fan vote
  • Taylor McNamara (Westview High School)

2010 Recap
The 2010 Silver Pigskin Gala was held on December 13 at the San Diego Hall of Champions. Vista cornerback/wide receiver Stefan McClure took home the Silver Pigskin.

Winner:

  • Stefan McClure (Vista High School)

Finalists:

  • Travis Bernard (Valley Center High School)
  • Rommell Cooper (Mar Vista High School) *Fan vote
  • Evan Crower (St. Augustine High School)
  • Diego Rodriguez (Montgomery High School)

2009 Recap
The 2009 Silver Pigskin Gala was held on December 15 at the San Diego Hall of Champions. In what was the most star-studded event in the Gala’s history, from broken records to college commitments, Mission Bay running back Dillon Baxter won the Silver Pigskin over five finalists, the first time six men have been on the stage.

Winner:

Finalists:

2008 Recap
The 2008 Silver Pigskin Gala was held on December 19 at the San Diego Hall of Champions. Tyler Gaffney was the runaway winner in the 10th edition of the event.

Winner:

  • Tyler Gaffney (Cathedral High School)

Finalists:

2007 Recap
The 2007 Silver Pigskin Gala was held on December 14 at the San Diego Hall Of Champions. Nelson Rosario became the first Silver Pigskin winner to not be in attendance, as he was on a recruiting trip in Los Angeles> He accepted his award via satellite.

Winner:

Finalists:

2006 Recap
The 2006 Silver Pigskin Gala was held on December 5 at the San Diego Hall of Champions.

Winner:

Finalists:

  • Darrell Catchings (Escondido High School)
  • Todd Doxey (Hoover High School)
  • Gino Gordon (Francis Parker High School)
  • Stanley Paul (La Costa Canyon High School)

2005 Recap
The 2005 Silver Pigskin Gala was held on December 8 at the San Diego Hall of Champions.

Winner:

  • Abraham Muheize (El Cajon Valley High School)

Finalists:

2004 Recap
The 2004 Silver Pigskin Gala was held on December 10 at the KUSI studios.

Winner:

  • Jake Fadden (Hilltop High School)

Finalists:

  • Jason Forcier (St. Augustine High School)
  • Darrick Jackson (Escondido High School)
  • Clayton Tunney (La Costa Canyon High School)
  • Jon Toledo (La Costa Canyon High School)

2003 Recap
The 2003 Silver Pigskin Gala was held in December at the KUSI studios.

Winner:

  • Patrick Gates (Marian Catholic High School)

Finalists:

2002 Recap
The 2002 Silver Pigskin Gala was held on December 14 at the KUSI studios.

Winner:

Finalists:

2001 Recap
The 2001 Silver Pigskin Gala was held in December at the KUSI studios.

Winner:

  • Reggie Bush (Helix High School)

Finalists:

  • Freddy Dunkle (Castle Park High School)
  • Naftalie Nahiwawa (West Hills High School)
  • Aaron Singh (Carlsbad High School)

2000 Recap
The 2000 Silver Pigskin Gala was held in December at the KUSI studios.

Winner:

  • Ryan Gonzalez (St. Augustine High School)

Finalists:

  • Ja Ja Riley (Mission Bay High School)
  • Damaja Jones (Helix High School)
  • Trandon Harvey (Sweetwater High School)

1999 Recap
The inaugural 1999 Silver Pigskin Gala was held in December at the KUSI studios.

Winner:

  • Patrick Konen (Patrick Henry High School)

Finalists:

  • Vernon Smith (Mission Bay High School)
  • Josh Sierra (Grossmont High School)

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