YERMO • The Silver Valley High School football team is on a mission today — to reclaim the Miner's Pick.
The Trojans will take on Lucerne Valley in the 10th annual Miner's Pick Game at 7 p.m. today at Don Price Field in Yermo. The Mustangs have won seven of the nine previous Miner's Pick Games. Silver Valley went 0-9 overall and 0-4 in the Desert Mountain League last season. Lucerne Valley didn't do much better finishing 3-6 and 1-3 in the DML. However, the Mustangs single DML win came against the Trojans in the Miner's Pick Game. The 14-0 win allowed the Mustangs to take the pick back home to Lucerne Valley for the first time since 2006.
"It was a rough loss lost year," Silver Valley coach Freezy Smalls said. "We will be doing everything do get the pick back. It's a big symbol for our school."
Today's game stands for more than just the Miner's Pick. The Trojans and Mustangs are both sitting at 1-6 overall records and are 0-3 in the DML. If either team has any hopes of making it into the playoffs they must win today and turn their season around. There is only two games left in the season after today.
Lucerne Valley is capable of passing and rushing the ball, but they have taken to the ground most often during the season. They are averaging 191 yards rushing and 90 yards passing. Freezy Smalls said he believes his secondary can handle Lucerne Valley's leading receivers down the field, but the Trojans need to find a way to stop Kevin Sheldon's ground attack. Sheldon leads the Mustangs with 556 yards this season, and he is averaging 80 yards a game. He get some back up from Josh Cruz and Alondre Logan who have rushed for 232 yards and 218 yards respectively.
"We've pulled up a couple big freshmen to help out on the line," Small said. "Evan Allen is going to be playing on the line. He's a big kid and should help out with his size."
Silver Valley has primarily attacked its opponents on the ground and averages 235 yards rushing per game. Carmello Garret and Juwon Chambers are a big part of their ground game. Chambers is averaging 145 yards a game while Garret averages 99 yards a game.
The Trojans passing game has been nearly nonexistent this season. They have only completed two passes for a total of 17 yards.