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Trojans shut out Bobcats
YERMO • Last week, the Silver Valley football team got the 2013 season off to a flying start by traveling to Irvine and putting a 42-6 hurting on Crean Lutheran.
It was a great way to kick things off for a team that’s only had one over .500 campaign in the last 10 years. Even the Trojans’ biggest fans probably didn’t think they could turn around and notch another big win right away.
But on Friday, that’s just what they did.
The Trojans scored on their first drive, taking the lead just a couple of minutes into the first quarter. Like last week, this one was never in doubt, as Valley just kept adding to its score, finishing with a 36-0 win over Hamilton at Silver Valley High School.
The Trojans ended up winning by the same 36-point margin they did last week.
“We haven’t had two wins in a row in maybe five or six years,” said Trojans head coach John Stewart after Friday’s victory. “We jumped on them quick. Last year we were young and got off to slow starts. We’re not having that problem this year.”
That first drive moved in fits and starts, with a 20-yard gain followed by a 15-yard penalty and a pass that was called back. Still, the Trojans pushed into the end zone, as Evan Martinez threw the first of four touchdown passes. Martinez would throw passes on which Will Williams, Dante Fields, James Liker and Bailey Rettman would convert. Martinez finished with over 200 yards throwing.
There are several Trojans capable of scoring this year, and they all want their chance to scamper into the end zone. Stewart thinks that hunger for the ball will keep the offense strong this season.
“We have competition among our receivers and running backs fighting for a chance to score,” said the coach. “We didn’t have that last year.”
And while the offense has certainly come through so far in the young season, coach Stewart is as impressed with his defense.
“Fields had another stellar night on defense,” he said. “He’s the heart of our defense, and Williams, R.J. (Davis) and Matt Washington really stepped it up as linebackers.”
The win makes Valley a perfect 2-0 on the season. Each of the first two games has been a non-leaguer, but that ends next week. Next Friday, the Trojans will be on the road against Desert in their first Desert Mountain League match.
Stewart thinks mental preparation will be key.
“These wins have been great, but now it’s a matter of not getting complacent after two big wins,” said the coach. “We start our league games next week and I expect Desert to give us a battle. We can’t lose focus.”
The Trojans’ next five games will be on the road. They won’t be home again until Oct. 25 against Riverside Prep.