Coyotes drop Rangers for second
loss of season
by Misty Volaski
Ranger receiver Jairus Rothermel, was all over the field last
Friday, catching nine passes for 112 yards (tying Nordhoff's
record for passes caught) and scoring Nordhoff's only touchdown.
Rothermel also led the team in tackles, knocking the Coyotes
off their feet 17 times.
However, it wasn't nearly enough to foil the Calabasas Coyotes,
who, with a far superior team, cut through the Ranger defense
for the win, 26-7.
It was a far cry from last year's game, in which (as team members
and coaches alike predicted) Nordhoff 's solid offense was able
to drive in a 21-18 win over the Coyotes.
With only a few remaining standouts from last year's undefeated
(in league) team, the Rangers were fighting a seriously uphill
This Friday's game will be at Carpinteria at 7:30 p.m. Last year,
Nordhoff laid the Warriors to rest, 21-7, during Nordhoff's homecoming
game, limiting Carpinteria to just 40 yards.
Like last year, this year's strength will lie in the Rangers'
Ancient Greeks preached the
importance of knowing oneself as well as one's enemy.
The Ranger football squad seems to have followed these guidelines
in their preparation for tonight's game against long-time rival
Nordhoff head coach Cliff Farrar said his players were ready
for the away game tonight, adding that, "We have been having
some really good practices. Our players have been executing their
Nordhoff's strength this year looks to be its defensive line.
"We're a little bigger than they are," Farrar noted,
which will help against the Warriors' tried-and-true veer offense.
He added that Carpinteria had been running the play for a long
time, allowing Nordhoff to find a way to block it.
"We're definitely prepared," said Farrar. "It's
just a matter of can we stop them?"
However, with Carpinteria's numerous returning players, speed
and first-place standing in league, the matchup will prove to
be a "close, tough game," said Carpinteria head coach
Van Lantham. "We don't expect any different. (Nordhoff)
is always very well-coached and very disciplined. They play hard-nosed
football, and that makes for a good rivalry."
Last year, Nordhoff bested Carpinteria, 21-7. Historically, the
60-year rivalry has been fairly equal, with both teams having
their share of wins and losses.
Tonight's game will be at Carpinteria High School.
Junior varsity will kick off at 4:30 p.m. and varsity at 7:30
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VARSITY FOOTBALL SQUAD hoists their helmets in respect for the
flag before a recent home game. The Rangers lost to the Coyotes,
26-7, last Friday night at Calabasas.