Injuries may affect Titans in league play

first_img The Cardinals slowed their pace, taking just one shot in the final 4:48 of the game. They went on to win, 9-7, but not before some anxious moments that required some impressive play by goalkeeper Cameron Boulter in the final minute. ”We had a lot of opportunities (to score) throughout the game that we missed on,” Sprague said. ”But I’m happy with the way we played together. Everybody showed up today with a team attitude and everybody contributed.” Palos Verdes was 7-1 and ranked No. 4, and Whittier was 6-1 and ranked No. 5 in this week’s CIF-Southern Section Division III poll. ”The rankings are nice, but hopefully what we’ll take from this win is confidence,” Sprague said. Roger Murray can be reached at (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3046, or by e-mail at [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Injuries have sidelined many of Pioneer’s key players. ”Our number one and number two quarterbacks, our number one tailback, a couple of linemen, in all, at least eight players we counted heavily on, have missed at least one game,” Juarez said. It’s difficult to evaluate just where the Pioneer High School football program is, and whether the Titans, who are 0-3, can be competitive when Del Rio League play starts in three weeks. It would be easier to determine if the team that shows up on the field is the same team coach Ramon Juarez envisioned in August after a summer of hard work, enthusiasm and anticipation. center_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 Then he listed his lineup for last week’s game against Gladstone. ”Friday we started our No. 5 quarterback (Ruben Acosta), our No. 3 fullback (Tony Hernandez) and our No. 3 tailback (Roland Reyes),” Juarez said. ”I thought Acosta played reasonably well. He threw a couple of touchdowns and had 106 yards. And with him in the game, we moved the ball a little. ”Hernandez ran for 67 yards, and Reyes ran for 70 yards and a touchdown. We’re actually finding some kids who can play. The big thing for us is that we’ve improved every week since the debacle at Montebello (the Titans lost season opener, 49-7). We went back to our double-tight (end), double-wing formation, and we’re simplifying things. We’re running about eight different plays and emphasizing ball control.” Pioneer travels to play Baldwin Park on Friday. With his team leading, 9-5, with less than five minutes to play, Whittier High School boys water polo coach Todd Sprague was concentrating on a basic game plan to finish Tuesday’s nonleague contest against visiting Palos Verdes. ”I told to the players to be conservative,” Sprague said, ”because I didn’t want them to work for a solid lead and then give it away because they were pushing and making mistakes trying to make something happen.” last_img

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