FOOTBALL: Rams look to salvage season against MPC

 

Gavilan’s 2010 season has another shot at respectability
Saturday when the streaking Monterey Peninsula College Lobos visit
Garcia-Elder Sports Complex to play the Rams in a Coast Conference
showdown.
Kick-off is scheduled for 1 p.m.
Gavilan’s 2010 season has another shot at respectability Saturday when the streaking Monterey Peninsula College Lobos visit Garcia-Elder Sports Complex to play the Rams in a Coast Conference showdown.

Kick-off is scheduled for 1 p.m.

Coming off a 16-0 loss to previously-winless West Valley, the Rams do have more weapons to call on as they strive to achieve that elusive first win of the fall. Cameron Hernandez, the team’s starting quarterback for the first six games of the season, was held out of the West Valley game due to a concussion. Gavilan coach John Lango noted Wednesday that Hernandez will be “in the mix” as the team prepares for the Lobo game.

Lango also reported that various injuries limited the team to only one full-gear practice last week. This week’s preparation has included more full-gear practice.

“If we can play defense like we did last week, this will give us a shot to win,” Lango said.

Chris Archuletta paces the Rams’ defense. The sophomore linebacker dominates the tackle report with 42 solos and 22 assists for 64 total stops. Sophomore cornerback Ryan Costa is the team’s second-leading tackler with 37. Richard Perez has a team-high eight tackles for losses.

Monterey Peninsula shares first place in the conference at 2-0 with San Jose City and is coming off a crisp 21-7 victory over Cabrillo. The Lobos opened conference play with a 36-9 nod over West Valley.

“They are a very disciplined team,” Lango said of the Lobos.

“David Fales is a very accurate, mobile quarterback.”

Fales, a freshman out of Palma High, has covered 953 yards and five touchdowns in 89-of-161 passing.

Lango rated Bret Chernetsky, another Palma product, as the top receiving threat for MPC. The 6-foot-2 sophomore has caught 48 passes for 528 yards.

“We’ll need to win the turnover battle,” Lango said. “The team making the fewer mistakes most likely wins.”

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