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9/25/2013 6:00:00 AM
Golden Eagles return to Scott Stadium on Thursday, Sept. 26
Randy Peterson
Palo Verde Valley Times

BLYTHE - It's been a few years since the Golden Eagles of Desert Hot Springs have played in Scott Stadium. When the Golden Eagles met the Palo Verde High School Yellow Jacket football team at the local venue, Golden Eagles claimed their first football victory.

This week's game will be Thursday, instead of the original Friday date because of a CIF rule that will not allow a team to play more than two games in an eight-day period. This rule came into effect after weather postponed the Indio contest moving that game to Oct. 1, which would have meant Palo Verde would have played this Friday against the Golden Eagles, Tuesday against Indio, and the following Friday at Holtville.

To prevent the CIF violation, the Eagles agreed to move the game to Thursday.

The Eagles are searching for their first win of the 2013 campaign as they head into tomorrow night's contest with an 0-4 record on the season. Desert Hot Springs lost to Aquinas 24-6 in their opener before falling to Big Bear by a 44-7 count. Xavier Prep bettered the Eagles 40-14 and last week they were edged by Rubidoux 15-14.

It will be a day short of two weeks for the Jackets since they played and lost a tough 35-31 contest at Shadow Hills and Jacket football coach, George Dagnino feels the Eagles will have a definite advantage in game experience having played four games to the Jackets' two.

Dagnino viewed film of the Eagles' loss to Xavier Prep and feels the 0-4 mark is not indicative of how good Desert Hot Springs is. The Eagles have used multiple offenses this season but in Friday's one-point loss to Rubidoux, the Eagles ran the "wildcat" the entire night. T. Armstrong (13) is their best player and takes the snap in the Eagles' wildcat offense. If they line up in something other than that, Armstrong will be at running back or wide receiver.

"He is elusive and runs with power," Dagnino said. "We can't afford to give up the big play and let him get loose."

Roman Castro (15) is the feature back in the "I" formation and runs in between the tackles well while Steven Steed (9) will quarterback and is a good passer but runs well similar to the Shadow Hills signal caller.

"Their line averages 225 across the board," Dagnino said. "So once again we will be smaller."

The Eagles will employ a 4-2 cover 3 defensive alignment, and Armstrong will be a key component the Jackets will have to stop.

"They are able to drop seven or eight guys into pass coverage because he's so fast off the edge," Dagnino said. "Not too many tackles can handle his speed rush."

The Eagles' Jaquariuse Anderson (1) is their best cover corner and will likely be assigned to cover Palo Verde's Damian Ramirez, who has scored eight touchdowns in the first two Jacket games.

"Our attack needs to be balanced, efficient and effective," Dagnino said. "And we need to convert all red zone opportunities."

Dagnino feels that special teams could be the deciding factor in the game and the outcome may come down to who has the ball last.

Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. at Scott Stadium tomorrow night.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Wednesday, September 25, 2013
Article comment by: lol lol

@pv Stand Out.. So If Palo Verde should win what does that say about what kind of team they are? Thats like Broncos beating the Jaugars the Jaugars suck and the Broncos destroy them than it would be safe to say the Broncos have a good team. Stop hating on the schedule. The Jackets are playing teams their size. Who do you want them to play Long Beach Poly or Mater dei. Brawley, southwest, central, calexico all have twice the size enrollment and they are in the league. So it would be safe to say they dont have a chance in league

Posted: Wednesday, September 25, 2013
Article comment by: PV Stand out

No contest. DHS is no good 0-4. Quit trying to suger coat this game. PV will dominate this game. C'mon this schedule is weak. We r going to be in trouble when we play league games.

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