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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: Tuesday, November 12, 2013
Article comment by: Get Real

Does anyone really think a high school with a couple hundred boys (that can keep their grades up) is going to produce a quality football team? PV is a small school getting smaller every year. The coach and the district is doing the best they can. Maybe a focus on education is order here and not football. I say no football until we are do not have the lowest API scores in Riverside county.

Posted: Tuesday, November 12, 2013
Article comment by: wow! @PV Alumni 'response,

Wow, talking about hitting the nail on the head! Ineffective leader is right. And the PV School Board doesn't have the guts that's the whole problem. Our kids deserve to compete against real teams. No change means no chance! PV doesn't deserve to be bottom feeders. Not hatin just saying!

Posted: Monday, November 11, 2013
Article comment by: PV Alumni

We have 19 seniors on this team. We willbe in rrebuild mode for several years. I don't see nothing coming. Only thing we can count on is competing in div 5 with Vincent Memorial, Army Navy, and big bad Holtville. Wow what an accomplishment.

Posted: Monday, November 11, 2013
Article comment by: @ PV Alumni

PVH have always had players with plenty of heart, who take the field with as much pride and school spirit as one can have. What most of us are complaining about is the coaching staff. PERIOD. This particular coaching staff is simply a bunch of minions under an enept head coach. A head coach so stupid he couldn't coach his way out of a brown paper bag, if he had scissors, a knife and a flashlight. When (deleted) will administration and the board get rid of an ineffective leader? I guess the answer would be, not until we get someone on the board with the guts to give these kids a chance to be the winners they are.

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Posted: Sunday, November 10, 2013
Article comment by: PV supporter

Get a clue, imperial has had some great athletes the past 3 seasons, before that we dominated them every year under same coaching staff. The tide will change, PV will take control again, there are some good athletes coming up.

Posted: Sunday, November 10, 2013
Article comment by: another pv alum

Do you alumni have any specific person in mind who would be able to put together this football program that you speak of, I mean a name or two would be a start.

Posted: Sunday, November 10, 2013
Article comment by: @ PV Alumni

Your right but sorry to say it isn't going to change. The District turns a blind eye they know it to. What was the score from Fridays game? humm thats what I thought. No leadership no change. Simple.

Posted: Saturday, November 9, 2013
Article comment by: PV Alumni

No your wrong. Imperial with the same school population is in division 2. Because they have a program
Yes! A football program! We need a change! Every year the score gets worse.If we can't beat them passing we might as well join them and try to run. We don't belong in division 5 that's a joke! We belong in division 4 with the new alignment.Do we really want to beat Vincent Memorial, Calipatria that not a reward that's an insult to PALO VERDE HIGH SCHOOL/ALUMNI. Get your facts straight. Kids are playing, coaches are not coaching! Period!

Posted: Saturday, November 9, 2013
Article comment by: Proud Parent

@ PV Alumni: The coaches don't play, the kids do. Stop making this about the coaches. Our kids played hard. We even lost one of our QBs in the game. Imperial is no joke. There is a reason why they are undefeated and ranked high in Division 4. We belong in Div. 5 and that's just the truth of the matter. Times change and so do programs. Look at Indio...Look at Southwest...Come playoffs, we will play teams we should be competing with. We have only played two or three teams in Division 5 and the rest have been Division 4..that's why we have lost big in those games. But you know this. You can't stand to let go of some issue between you and someone in the program. Let it go sir. Let's the kids play.

Posted: Saturday, November 9, 2013
Article comment by: PV Alumni

Wow every loss is either by 50 to 60 points. But will probably make the playoffs because the division 5 is so weak.I mean terrible. If we can't win that title, its time for someone to go!

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