Trojans take first win
RIVERSIDE • The Silver Valley football team made a big recovery to notch its first win of the season, beating the California School for the Deaf, 31-13, in Riverside last Friday.
The home team got off to a fast start and held a 13-0 lead going into the second quarter. At that point, however, the Trojans took charge and held their opponent scoreless the rest of the way.
“The team did a great job, they played a tough game,” said head coach John Stewart. “The kids could have easily packed it in when we were down 13-0 in the first quarter. Instead, they got real stingy and created four turnovers.”
Robert Santiago got the Trojans on the board, scoring on a 39-yard run, followed by Sykes, who made an eight-yard dash into the end zone. James Liker kicked the extra points and also kicked a 19-yard field goal, putting Silver Valley up, 17-13, at halftime.
The score remained the same through the third, but there were two more scores in the fourth for the visitors. Dante Fields made a seven-yard TD run, and Daniel Quixchan made a 22-yard run, with Liker making good on both kicks.
Fields had two interceptions and Sykes made one, while Chris Bingel had a forced fumble and recovery.
The Trojans will play their first home game of the season on Friday, when they host California City for a 7 p.m. kick-off.