Mustang freshman defeat San Benito; Haybalers get upper hand
over JV squad
By Michael Stevens Contributing Writer
They did it again.
Last Thursday Gilroy’s freshman football team defeated their rival Hollister 19-0, bringing their season record to a perfect 6-0. After the game Head Coach Tim Lemos commented on his team’s first league win.
“It was definitely a defensive battle; our defensive unit was probably out on the field for about 75 percent of the time but still held them off.”
The Mustang’s defense has been flawless in keeping their opponents out of the end zone. After shutting out the Baylers, the Mustang’s have outscored their opponents by a grand total of 234-0.
“At this point in the season our boys look for that zero after the game just as much as the victory,” Lemos added. During the Hollister game the defense recorded five interceptions, one that was returned for a touchdown by defensive back Elijah Harrell.
Next week the Mustang’s play host to the Palma Chieftains, who have never been beaten by Gilroy’s freshman team. Lemos believes that this class of 2009 has what it takes to reverse the trend and make history.
“We have never beaten Palma and I think if we execute we can do it.” Lemos, however, expressed concern with his team’s lack of offensive production through the first three quarters.
“Against Palma we have to come fast out of the gates and put the pressure on them. We have implemented a new two-minute drill that we may use at any time in that game,” he admitted. “If we play our game we will win, but if we don’t it will be much more difficult. They are always a tough team and this year is no exception.”
Junior Varsity Loses
to San Benito
The way you practice is often the way you play.
The junior varsity Mustangs learned that the hard way in their 20-6 loss to the San Benito Haybaylers at Andy-Hardin field last week. Only able to string together one scoring drive on tailback Travis Reyes’ 50 yard scamper, the ‘Stangs appeared flat most of the night.
According to Head Coach Jack Daley, his team just didn’t have any determination. “We had two weeks to prepare for these guys so it’s a little disheartening the way we played. They just out-hustled and out-played us. The lack of focus on our part really hurt us.”
The Mustang’s fell to 4-2 for the season, with some of their stiffest competition ahead of them. Next week they take on Palma, a team who’s had the ‘Stangs number in the past. Daly knows what his team needs to do if they are going to succeed.
“We have to keep improving everyday during practice and work hard in preparation if we are going to have a chance against the Chieftains.”
Hopefully being back on their home turf will help. To date the Mustangs have a perfect record playing on the Garcia-Elder field. The Mustang’s first loss came on the road against San Lorenzo Valley.