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Trojans still undefeated
Silver Valley thumps Desert Christian
LANCASTER • The Silver Valley football team remains perfect on the season.
The Trojans’ last win was a tough one, as they played for over four hours to earn an overtime victory at Desert back on Sept. 13. After a bye week and a much-needed rest, the Trojans were back out on the field on Saturday night at Desert Christian and notched a much easier win, 58-14, in Lancaster.
This one was never in doubt, according to head coach John Stewart, even though he’s seen his team be sharper.
“We got off to a real quick start, on our first play we drove 70 yards for a touchdown,” he said. “I don’t think we played our best game; we made a few mistakes, but all in all, at the end of the night, it was another win.”
That first play was bittersweet. On his first run of the night, Dante Fields went 44 yards but took a hit on the knee.
“It was sore and tight, so he didn’t play much,” said coach Stewart. “It was good to see the rest of the team step it up and fill the void. Brian (Ili) and R.J. (Davis) played great defense and really picked up their games.”
Stewart expects Fields to be healthy for this week’s game, but won’t take any chances: “If he’s still sore, we’ll hold him out, just to be sure.”
It was another strong game for quarterback Daniel Quixchan, who had three touchdowns - one receiving, two rushing - on 12 carries for 164 yards. Evan Martrinez rushed for a touchdown and threw three TD passes, for 122 yards passing, while Bailey Rettmann and Roman Walton each had a receiving touchdown. Eight of James Liker’s nine kick-offs went into the end zone, and he was 6-for-6 on extra points. Matt Washington intercepted a return for a TD, and Jordan Kushany recovered a fumble in the end zone for a touchdown.
Defensively, Davis had 15 tackles, Ili had 14, and Ray Ramirez, 11.
“We had 15 days off; I was a little nervous about how the kids would respond, and then we scored on the first play,” said coach Stewart. “I’m proud of how the kids played. Desert Christian has a pretty abusive system, and we just waited for them to make mistakes. We got two defensive touchdowns, that’s pretty good.”
The win makes the Trojans 4-0.
“The kids aren’t getting complacent, they’re really excited. Hopefully we can carry it over,” said Stewart. “I hope to go 5-0 next week.”
Silver Valley will be at Sage Hill in Newport Beach on Friday.