After the football team ends up with 4 wins and 5 loses how do they keep going? With many players injured and out for the rest of the season you might think they would give up. Well, they haven’t. With one game left before playoffs, they plan to play their best.
Although many would argue switching from 11-man football to 8-man football is easier, Desert has proven time and time again that no matter what the conditions are, you have to fight for your place in the lights, especially when the cost is many of the players on the team.
Ethan Santacruz played at least 3 games with a bad neck before he was pulled out of the game altogether. Tyvon McBride ended up in the hospital after one hit during the game and he is barely getting back to school now. Both Hector Salazar and Payton Anton have received many concussions. Another player, Brandon Guy, got injured in the first game of the school year and by the end of October he was ready to play again. But, what he didn’t know was that at his first game back he would dislocate his shoulder twice and be out for the rest of the season. Eben Ramirez will be getting hip surgery soon for getting injured during summer conditioning.
Although the Scorpions have had many players injured, they have not stopped fighting. After losing 66 to 0 against Laguna Blanca they came back for a win a week later against Desert Chapel 58 to 20. These Scorpions play some rough teams but they’ll always start off the next week with a better attitude. They have not given up!
The varsity volleyball team faced school rivals, the Boron bobcats on Tuesday September 5th. “The first game the team started out strong we just let them get in our heads” coach Stanford said. It was a hard fought game but in the end it resulted in a 25-19 loss.
The second game started out the same way, with desert in the lead. As boron began shortening the lead desert kept pushing. The game got very intense towards the end but desert pulled through to win it 25-17.
Boron finished out the game by winning the last two sets. “We fought hard but in the end it was the mistakes that got us.” Coach Stanford said when asked how he thought the team did in the end. Desert will play Lone Pine high school on Tuesday September 12th at Lone Pine.
Dylan Thorn is an offensive and defensive lineman for the Desert High School football team. I asked Dylan, if he was surprised that not a lot of boys signed up for football this season. He responded with, “not surprised at all because the former head coach left, most of the former players had switched schools, mainly seniors.” Dylan thinks having a smaller team definitely has its pros and cons sometimes. A pro being everyone gets more playing time than past years regardless of skill. A con being if a player gets injured then the other players have to be careful not to get injured also.
In Dylan’s opinion the team could definitely improve by taking practice more seriously than they normally do, pay more attention, and realize that football isn’t just one person playing it’s about the team working together and doing the best they can. I asked Dylan if the coaching is different with the new coach and do you guys still do the same thing. Dylan replied, “the coaching is similar, we have one of our old coaches as our head coach so we do similar plays and exercises”. Dylan doesn’t think the season would have been different if they had more players but, perhaps if the other players put in more work into the game.
His favorite thing about football is the contact, it’s a great feeling when you nail another player and they completely collapse. Playing football in high school is where Dylan wants to leave it, he doesn’t want to pursue the football life going into college. Even though he loves the sport and enjoys bonding with the guys. Dylan wants to do something that will do good towards his country.