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JV Vikes face early injuries

Posted: August 29, 2009 10:37 p.m.
Updated: August 30, 2009 4:55 a.m.
 

When healthy, Valencia’s junior varsity football team has the talent to contend for a Foothill League title.

But so far in the preseason, health has been the biggest concern.

“We’re shifting players around because of a lot of injuries,” said Valencia head coach Curt White. “Key players are playing in different positions. We’re scrambling a bit trying to fit the pieces of the puzzle together.”

One player who’s managed to dodge the injury bug is quarterback Colton Jackson, whom White describes as a smart player.

“Jackson’s got a strong arm and he’s a heady player,” White said. “He’s a heady player in terms of his reads and progressions. He’s got good football instincts. He knows our system really well. We’re looking for big things from him.”

Like Valencia’s varsity team, the junior varsity squad runs the spread offense, so another key figure is running back Cody Anciano.

On the other side of the ball, Michael Halliday will lead the defense at middle linebacker, and Billy Shipman will be a force at both defensive end and right tackle.

Valencia was dealt a blow recently when linebacker Jordan Riley hurt his shoulder. Riley will be evaluated this week but could miss some time.

“We don’t know what the prognosis is on him yet,” White said. “We’re hoping for the best obviously.”

Valencia finished 9-1 last season, with the lone loss coming against eventual JV league champion Canyon.

The Vikings are more than capable of finding success on the field again this fall.

They just have to make it to the field first.

“If all goes well and we stay healthy, we’ve got the talent,” White said. “If we can just stay healthy, I think we can make a run at the league title and be competitive. We’re kind of in survival mode right now.”

 

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