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11/8/2013 6:00:00 AM
Jackets to take on kingpin Imperial in IVL football finale
Randy Peterson
Palo Verde Valley Times

BLYTHE - The Palo Verde High School Yellow Jacket football team will wrap up Imperial Valley League play Thursday evening when they travel to Imperial to face the IVL champion Tigers.

Imperial is unbeaten in the IVL as well as the other five games they played prior to the start of league play. The Tigers dispatched Cibola and Yuma handily to open the season and handled Sweetwater, Mater Dei, and Olympian from San Diego before having their way with the rest of the IVL.

A 29-12 victory over Brawley in their showdown during the second week of league play and last week's triumph over Central in the battle of the IVL unbeaten clinched the title for the Tigers.

Royce Freeman (21) leads a spread-running game the Tigers will employ but Freeman is only one of many offensive weapons Imperial has to offer.

"What makes them so good is that you spend your time focusing on Freeman and the others can get loose too," said Jacket defensive coordinator, David Atiyota. "So you have to pick your poison."

Freeman has already broken the career rushing record for San Diego section and has a few more CIF records in site with at least two weeks, and probably more, left on the Tiger schedule.

Chris Carter (15) quarterbacks the Tiger offense and is one of the top sprinters in the IVL and along with receivers, Dajon Stanton (12) and Austyn Smith (25), Imperial adds another trio of game breakers on the offensive side.

"It's imperative that we play fundamentally sound football and gang tackle," Atiyota said.

On the defensive side, Imperial will use a variety of sets. The Tigers will show many different fronts and pressure schemes according to Jacket coaches.

"Their defense is fast and athletic that has yet to break," said PaloVerde offensive coordinator, Ryan Copple. "We need to do our best to keep their offense on the sideline and sustain drives."

With the game moved to Thursday to facilitate preparation for the CIF/SDS playoff seeding this weekend it makes for a short week the Jackets have before facing the top team in the league.

Despite being ranked in the upper echelon of the Division 5 rankings for the entire season, Jacket coaching staff feels they need to pull off an upset to earn a spot in the post season.

Kick-off is set for Thursday night at 7 p.m. at Imperial High School.




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Reader Comments

Posted: Sunday, November 17, 2013
Article comment by: PV Alumni

Ad don't get to happy over the win against Army/Navy. We were suppose to win. Let see what u do next week against Div 5 elite Crawford. They haven't played nobody either. They have good coaching. Look at USC they beat Stanford....NEW COACH CHANGED THERE PROGRAM OVERNIGHT!!!

Posted: Saturday, November 16, 2013
Article comment by: @Use to be wild about Jacket football

Those to gentlemen you mentioned Mr. Tony McBride and Mr. Paul Bowens are excellent choices. Too bad the AD isn't smart enough or the District. To much selfish ness it will never happen. District needs to look out of the box. I read the Desert Sun and keep up on HS football Coachella, Desert Hot Springs & Indio stepped up and let go of Coaches this week . It is true change is needed for the future of our kids.

Posted: Friday, November 15, 2013
Article comment by: PV Football Fan

A good coach knows what to expect from his players, PV football just doesn't have the silze strength or speed of the teams in the past. Watching these students play this year, and see how they handled a lot of adversity is a real credit to the whole coaching staff. If PV would have played a tougher preseason they would have gone 1-9, who benefits from that, not the seniors. This is about the students and their experiences to hopefully make them better men and have a brighter future. Hopefully in the meanwhile they win some football games.

Posted: Friday, November 15, 2013
Article comment by: humm interesting!

This week alone Coachella, Desert Hot Springs & Indios Head Coaches I believe were let go! Meaning change is good looks like some schools are paying attention to a successful program!

Posted: Friday, November 15, 2013
Article comment by: Used to Wild About Jackets Football

Here are a couple of names for head coach Sgt. Tony McBride would be an EXCELLENT Head Coach.... or perhaps Paul Bowen another EXCELLENT choice. Both came from winning programs, in fact Paul Coached College Football in Oregon and was a member of the undefeated 1972 Yellowjackets Football Team inducted into the HALL OF FAME last year. You see Blythe there are capable men out there that can do the job, and I know Coach D has ran off a few good men while he has been at the helm of PVHS Football. There should be a rule in the district that the AD cannot be the Head Coach of any TEAM sport, i.e. Football, Baseball, Basketball, BUT may be allowed to be the head coach of say individual based team sports, such as Golf, Swimming, Track, Cross Country, Wrestling, etc. Where each individual player plays and is judged both as an individual and help in the team scoring. That way the Head Coach cannot bench someone just on a whim, or play a kid because the player in question is a friend's son, a son's friend or a relative. You see this my drooges (friends in Russian) is why our Golf Team, Swim Team and Wrestling Teams Shine and are WINNERS!!!!!! (deleted)

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Posted: Friday, November 15, 2013
Article comment by: PV Alumni

So Ralph that mean Coach D voted to go to division 5. You answered my question
When your kids play in div 5 you get no looks @ any colleges because they recruit from the higher divisions. Let's see were r wide receiver goes next year! I hope he goes somewhere because he is a good kid and good head on his shoulders.


Posted: Friday, November 15, 2013
Article comment by: PV Alumni

Let Ryan "cheese" Copple be head coach. I am sure he has a staff in mind. I am sure he can win more than one game. Come on AD give someone else a shot @ PV football.

Posted: Friday, November 15, 2013
Article comment by: PV Alumni

@ Ralph I have a different opinion on division 5. It is so weak that small schools with winning records didn't make the playoffs. You need to look at all the school who are in division 5 before you make that assessment. Ex Julian, Calvary Christian, Barrego Spring those are a few that barely make up a team. This is Crawford 1st winning year because the div 5 just really stinks! Coach D this is your title to lose, don't mess it up because everybody is watching this playoff. Ralph we have nearly 1000 students last time I checked. You will see tonight when we beat up on Army/Navy. Coach D don't mess up or step down.

Posted: Thursday, November 14, 2013
Article comment by: another pv alumni

you got that right ralph, but, is there a possibility this next season that somehow the high school can go in a new direction, bottom line, specifically who makes the decision to or if we want a new coach.




Posted: Thursday, November 14, 2013
Article comment by: rafael sanchez

The new CIF playoff format was approved by the coaches of the S.D. sections and final green light by the CIF.
All IVL teams made the playoffs and were place with teams that had similar records from the past years. The Jacket coaches and players didn't come up with idea.

Division V is not a "weak" division. Crawford has the 1 seed but hasn't had a winning season for nearly 20 years! Now they're 8-0 and have a chance at CIF title. Army-Navy Academy has 400 (male ) students. They recruit from through out the WORLD!

The playoff format is inclusive and fair. I Good luck to the IVL teams tomorrow and especially Palo Verde Valley High School!

Ralph Sanchez
Class of 1972


Posted: Wednesday, November 13, 2013
Article comment by: @ WOW!

Just to clear things up, my comment about Ryan Copple was that he would make a great head coach, nothing negative. They edited out the H E double hockey sticks word. Funny the HE(double hockey sticks) word is in the Bible as in a place of fire and brimstone, but we can't use it as an explative to say he would make one **** of a head coach! Well Darn it all to Heck. Ryan, go and prove me right that you could coach these kids to be the winners they are!

Posted: Wednesday, November 13, 2013
Article comment by: PV Alumni

Wow Tuesdays paper coach D said he was shocked his team made the playoffs. How can you make the playoffs with a record of 4-6/1-4 in league. Coach D it your title to lose. There is no one in division 5 that can beat us and I don't care if Crawford is undefeated. That division 5 is terrible with school that barely have enough players to make a football team. I am calling you out coach you know that division 5 is a pop Warner divsion. You have 19 senior, no excuses. You will beat Army/Navy easily. Most div 5 play nobody schools enrollment 300- 700 ridiculous. Div 5 no competition no excuses or step down. I 2nd let Ryan Copple be the head coach.

Posted: Tuesday, November 12, 2013
Article comment by: Not A PV Alumni

PV Alumni you hit the nail on the head!!! It's not the kids, but the coaching staff!!! And it all starts with the head coach!! Being head football coach, basketball coach, and AD is too much!! The team needs new direction.

Posted: Tuesday, November 12, 2013
Article comment by: another pv alum

ok, i see that you guys have someone else in mind, so question, what is the process in getting the coaching job at the high school, what are the qualifications and do you have to go through the school board to apply for the job, will it hurt to ask.

Posted: Tuesday, November 12, 2013
Article comment by: @ WOW!

Thanks, Both you and I know these kids could be winners if they had new leadership. I know Ryan Copple would make on (deleted)of a Head Coach if given the opportunity. I hope very soon he proves me right! I support the Players of PVHS, but it's hard to optimistic with such a Depressing, Disarming, Disenchanted and Disagreeable Head Coach. I could think of a couple of more 'D' words, but they would be edited out so why bother.

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