YERMO • The Silver Valley High School football team will continue the fight for its first Desert Mountain League win since 2008 in front of a homecoming night crowd today.
Silver Valley will take on Vasquez at 7 p.m. today at Don Price Field in the first ever DML meeting between the Mustangs and the Trojans. Vasquez joined the DML this season as part of the league's expansion which included Mojave's addition last season. The Trojans have lost six-straight DML games spanning two seasons. Silver Valley's last DML victory came on a 27-0 win against Desert Christian on November 8, 2008.
The Trojans earned their first win since 2008 with a 34-26 game against Jurupa Hills on September 17, but Silver Valley has lost two DML games since then. However, the losses have come against some tough competition. Desert Christian and Mojave beat Silver Valley 42-0 and 48-6 respectively. Both of those teams also happen to be ranked in the CIF-Southern Section Northeast Division polls. Desert Christian is sitting at No. 8 while Mojave is No. 11. The Trojans will now have to top the No. 6 team in the polls, Vasquez, during tonight's game.
Silver Valey will have its hands full trying to defend Vasquez's dual air and ground attack. The Mustangs average 156 yards a game rushing and 142 yards passing per game. Bronson Perez and Trevor Jones lead Vasquez's ground game with a combined 130 yards a game in rushing. Mustangs' quarterback Cody Barnes is in control of the passing game with 831 yards in the air. Barnes favorite targets are Zac McGuire and Armondo Alonso. McGuire and Alonso average 47 and 41 yards a piece.
The Trojans have had a difficult time on defense this season and have allowed the most points, 251, of any team in the DML this season. Silver Valley has the fewest interceptions of any DML team and only trails Mammoth in sacks and tackles this season.