9/20/2012 5:00:00 PM Jackets travel to Mustangs tonight
Randy Peterson Palo Verde Valley Times
BLYTHE - The Palo Verde High School Yellow Jacket football team will put their 2-1 record on the line tonight when they travel to Hemet West Valley for a non league game. The Mustangs sport a 3-1 record that has seen them stampede most of the Desert Valleys League while dropping a game to a very talented Paloma Valley squad.
The combination of a strong offensive line, three elusive running backs, and a misdirection offense, the Mustangs look to make the Jackets their fourth lopsided victim according to Jackets head coach, George Dagnino.
"They're huge up front with their line," Dagnino said. "Their goal is to be physical up front and push people around and let their backs have a field day."
Chris Anderson (7) leads the way for West Valley as he has averaged more than 175 yards a game on the ground including going for more than 200 yards in each of their wins, a 61-0 win over Indio, a 70-0 thumping of Coachella, and a 52-17 victory over Cathedral City.
"Anderson is the real deal and we need to put as many hats on him as possible," Dagnino said.
The Mustang offensive line averages 270 pounds with Chad Fontes anchoring the crew at 6'7" and 320 pounds.
"Our defense has to be disciplined and efficient with our tackling," Dagnino said. "We cannot afford any missed assignments or mental breakdowns."
The Mustangs have five other running backs that have scored a rushing touchdown this season so Anderson has plenty of back up including Lorenzo Terry (2) who is the only West Valley back that has scored a TD in each of the four games this season.
West Valley will employ a 4-4 defense with a cover-3 in the secondary and Dagnino expects that they will be very physical up front.
"They are very good at stopping the run and forcing opponents to pass," Dagnino said. "They are very good at man to man coverage while putting pressure on the quarterback."
Dagnino hopes to counter the Mustang defense with a well-balanced attack and hopefully match their intensity on the line.
"We really can't afford a slow start," Dagnino said.
Kick-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. at West Valley High School in Hemet.