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BHS grad Nacita signs to play pro football in Germany

Silas Nacita, shown carrying the ball in a 2011 game against Liberty, signed a pro contract for a German team Friday after a topsy-turvy collegiate career.

Bakersfield High graduate Silas Nacita announced via social media Friday that he had signed to play professional football for the Marburg Mercenaries in Germany, the latest step in a career that has seen him go from homelessness to fan favorite to ineligibility.

Nacita said on his Facebook page, “Signed a contract today with a professional football team in Germany. When I said I'd go anywhere to play, I meant it. It's obviously not the NFL, but this is the opportunity that is in front of me. I have always wanted to travel the world, but because of football I haven't been

On the game's opening drive, Ridgeview quarterback Lawrence White carries for a gain deep inside Narbonne territory in the SoCal D1-A regional between Ridgeview and Narbonne played at Ridgeview Saturday night.

High school notebook: Local football standouts honored at state level

As the calendar rolled into 2016, the accolades for Kern County football players began to come in at the state level. Cal Hi Sports released a flurry of all-state teams on their website over the last two weeks, and there was plenty of Kern County flavor. Ridgeview quarterback Lawrence White, the

South's Denis Rivas, left, and South's David Alatorre battle for the ball in the first half Thursday at Highland High.

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