Trojans wrap up season
MAMMOTH LAKES • The season came to a close for the Silver Valley football team last Friday. In their longest road trip of the year, the Trojans made the six-hour trek to Mammoth and took a 34-21 loss.
It was a competitive match, but like some other close games this season, ended in a loss for Valley. It was a matter of missed opportunities, said head coach John Stewart.
“What can I say, it was another game where we had our chances to win, but with both sides of the ball sprinkled with 15 and 16 year-olds - as well as one 14 year old - our immaturity showed at times,” he said. “We were in the game until the end, but we weren't able to stop their big back (who ended the season with 1300 yards).”
There were several bright spots for the Trojans. Senior Myron Sykes had over 110 combined yards and 12 tackles; junior Evan Martinez threw for over 100 yards to surpass the 1,000 mark on the season; and junior Dante Fields had 18 tackles, to end the season with over 130 total tackles.
The Trojans finish with a record of 3-7. Along with the close loss to Mammoth, there were also tight battles with Crean Lutheran (20-14) and Vasquez (24-19). The wins represented a blowout over Riverside Prep (48-0), a clean victory over the California School for the Deaf (31-13), and a fight to the finish with Desert Christian (10-6).
“I was proud of the boys and how they stuck together all season long. There was only one game that we were blown out of the water, and in that one game we were able to achieve a few things that other teams weren't able to do against Boron,” said coach Stewart, referring to the fact that the 21 points scored by Valley were the most the Bobcats gave up all season and dropped them in the state rankings, even though they won the game.
“We weren't able to end the season the way we wanted to, but all in all from where we started this season, I don't think many people would have thought we would have been that competitive, all season long.”
The Trojans also had many players honored by being named First Team All-League: seniors Ashton Thrash and Jordan Gibson; juniors Evan Martinez, Dante Fields, James Liker and Robert Santiago; and sophomores Darick Teube abd Brian IIi.
Named to the Second Team All-League: seniors Myron Sykes, Anthony Aguilera and Devon Thrash; and juniors Derek Perez and Daniel Quixchan.