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Football team heads to the playoffs with dominant defense, potent offense
The Mustangs prepare to beat their opponent at a recent home game. Photo by Nicholetta Selleshi.

Chris Clark uses his speed and moves to get by the opponent's defense. Photo by Irene Dumas.

The Mustangs defense has been dominant for most of the season. Photo by Irene Dumas.

Foothill’s varsity football team is heading to the playoffs with a stunning 7-3 overall record. In the Pioneer Valley League, they are 3-2.

In the first round, they are traveling to Galt, California to play Liberty Ranch High School. The football team worked tremendously hard after two devastating losses in the beginning of the Pioneer Valley League.

They suffered losses to Center High School and Colfax High School. The Mustangs dominated their next three opponents, finishing the season with a 3-2 record.

The Mustang defense is the opponent’s nightmare. They are not letting the opposing teams breathe by stopping them almost every single drive. Everyone on the defensive side are clearly on the same page and have come together as a unit.

“Defensively we are more of a unit, there are no individuals who outshine each other,” said assistant coach John Davis.

There were a few names mentioned on defense that truly give the defense an extra boost. The inside linebacker, Jaden Montano, is having a tremendous season on defense. The other inside linebacker, Eddie Desoto, is a monster. He also gives the defense the push that is needed.

Their defense leads to offense because the Mustangs are out-scoring their opponents almost every game. In the beginning of the season, the Mustangs depended on their run game most of the time. Their leading rushers were DaeVonnie Williams and Joel Powell, exposing their defenders with every chance they get.

Throughout the middle and end of the season, the Mustangs became balanced with throwing the ball as much as they ran. Their receivers, Jayden “Byrd” Alexander and Chris Clark, have been unstoppable as well. The players are pumped for this game tomorrow; they are determined to dominate on the road.

Davis provided input on the road to win the championship.

“The road to win the playoffs,” said Davis, “is taking care of business at home, at school, and at practice.”



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