Mustang champions in training

WVHS freshman, sophomore team plot a turnaround of their own

Photo by Noah Garcia
A younger team of Mustangs are hitting the gridiron hard and fast, to show the community that they’re made of stronger stuff than they realize.

■ By Corey Evan / Reporter

It’s no secret that West Valley High School’s varsity football team have suffered three less-than-stellar seasons in the past four years. But when they’re not on the field, a younger team of Mustangs are hitting the gridiron hard and fast, to show the community that they’re made of stronger stuff than they realize. These players make up the Freshman/Sophomore team.
These dynamic players have been wowing Mustang fans this season, delivering a four-game winning streak through the month of September. Since then, only the San Jacinto Tigers’ freshman teams have been able to outdo them. That’s a far cry from last year, when the Mustang football teams were 0-10 across the board.
Frosh/Soph Head Coach Ron Grout was surprised by this year’s team, especially with how many underclassmen showed up: “This year, for a change, we came out and we had a lot of players. Last year we had 19 kids on our team, and the year before that we ended up with something like 17 kids on our team… and that included the girls! This year it’s all guys… we started with about 50 and now we’re down to about 40.”
This impressive turnout includes these hopeful athletes:
Fullback Quincy Myers hopes to turn the naysayers into believers. “At first everybody doubted us; they said we were gonna go 0-10 this year. And this year we’re proving everybody wrong!”
Runningback Alfred Jones knows this effort will only give what they give it: “We just need to keep on working hard… listening to our coach at practice, so we can be what we wanna be!”
Defensive End Jesús Vargas likes the overall spirit of the game, and the good feeling it brings him and his teammates: “We’re just going to keep on playing our hearts out!”
Defensive End Edward Gutierrez likes the overall spirit of this team: “I feel like we’ve got a bright future if we all stay together and keep working hard. We can go far.”
Quarterback Alfonso Sanchez can’t find anything he doesn’t like about his team: “I love everything about it, everything about playing football. I think we’ll do good in a couple of years if we all play varsity together.”
The younger team certainly has the attention of Varsity Coach Matt Willard: “Kids are doing a great job down there and hopefully they can lead a resurgence in the years to come.”
As of press time, the underclassmen are 4-3 so far this season. Perhaps that will turn into comparable varsity figures come future years and maybe a recapture of the Ramona Cup. Keep your eyes peeled as this team develops and progresses.

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