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Sophomore Aztecs win

Title game up next for Barstow

HESPERIA • The Sophomore Aztecs are still unbeaten, and need one more win for a perfect season and league title.


The Sophomores, Barstow’s 10-11-12 year-old team in High Desert Youth Football and Cheer, ripped through the regular season with an 8-0 record. They followed that up by handing a 56-0 loss to Serrano last weekend in the first round of the playoffs.


That set up the next step, the second-round match this past Saturday. Barstow kept its perfect record intact, taking on Adelanto and winning, 24-7, at Hesperia High School.


“The kids played the best game I’ve ever seen them play,” said head coach Nathaniel Stone of a team that’s had more than its share of good games over the past couple of months. “Our defense was on-point, our offense was on-point, our special teams did well. Everything was there.”


Barstow held a 10-0 lead by halftime. Kevin Lock scored on a safety, for the game’s first two points. That was followed by an Angelo Silva tackle of an Adelanto player that caused a fumble, which Angel Montes recovered for the touchdown.


The Saints got their only score early in the second half, making it a 10-7 game, but that’s as close as they would get. Barstow’s Gionni Terrell sparked the Soph’s by finding the end zone twice in the next few minutes, the first on a 40-yard run and the second for 30 yards. Terrell also kicked the field goals.


“He scores ‘em and he kicks ‘em,” said coach Stone of Terrell.


It was a big game and an intense win for the young players. They gave one of their best performances on a day when their emotions could have gotten in the way.


“Before the game when I was talking to the kids and pumping them up, I could see tears in their eyes. It was crazy,” said Stone. “I’ve never seen a look like that on an 11 year-old’s face in all my years of coaching.”


And it’s not over yet. The Sophomores need one more win to complete their perfect season. The championship game against Apple Valley will be played this Saturday, starting at noon at Antelope Valley High School.


When Barstow and Apple Valley met up in the regular season, the Sophomores notched a fairly easy, 68-28 win. That’s pretty meaningless now, though.


“Just because we beat them before doesn’t mean they can’t beat us this time,” said Stone. “Nothing is for sure, I’m going to keep telling the kids that.”


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