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Prep football: Frosh team looks ahead

Posted: August 27, 2011 1:55 a.m.
Updated: August 27, 2011 1:55 a.m.
 

When Robert Fisher took over as varsity football head coach at Golden Valley earlier this month, one of his pledges was to fully incorporate all three levels in the program.

Freshman head coach Brent Huff has already noticed a difference.

“We’re combined as much as we can be,” Huff said. “One of the things we do from time to time is we stretch as one unit. We work out together and kids have the opportunity to be mentored by seniors and mentored by the coaches.”

Every little bit helps at Golden Valley, Huff explained, because so many of the freshmen are getting their first taste at organized football.

Where a lot of the area high school teams draw players from Canyon Outlaws and Santa Clarita Valley Warriors youth football programs, the Grizzlies often get first-timers.

The lack of any football experience means the freshman coaching staff has to start molding players to prepare them both physically and mentally for the JV and varsity game.

What better solution than to let varsity players coach up the freshmen once in awhile.

“It just helps them in becoming more acclimated to high school football and being able to see the players up close and personal,” Huff said.

So far, the combination of the programs is working, Huff said. That should be good news considering last year’s team seemed to be on the cusp of beating a few Foothill League teams.

The Grizzlies finished 3-7 last year and didn’t win a league game, but Huff said the team competed in all but one.

“The only game we were not in was the Hart game,” the second-year freshman coach said. “Every game we played, we had a chance to win.”

Leading the offense this year will be running back Isiah Truchtess and slot receiver Josh Pacheco. Both will also be starting on defense.

Truchtess will be filling in for the loss of Dominick Fernandez, the lone freshman callup to the JV team. R.J. Vila will also be helping out at running back as well as middle linebacker.

Up front, Golden Valley has Alex Juaragui, who will be playing both offensive and defensive line.

Though most of the players are headed into their first-ever competitive football season, Huff said the group has come a long way this summer.

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