Rich Woods said the whole city of
It is not only a rivalry showdown, but the Bay Valley League opener for both teams and, amazingly, a battle between unbeaten teams.
Amazing because last season
"This is the first time in history both schools are undefeated going into this game," second-year Wolverines coach Woods said.
But the team is resurgent under second-year coach Beede,the former Seattle Seahawk and San Jose SaberCats player.
The Panthers snapped their losing streak in the opener, defeating Elk Grove Monterey Trail 34-16. Victories against Atwater Buhach (51-14) and Napa Vintage (42-19) followed.
Why the turnaround?
"Discipline and a respect for the
Lewis is one of five Panther
coaches who played at
"We all played back in the early 1990s and now, 14-15 years later, we're trying to re-establish the old traditions and spirit and the kids are buying into it," Lewis said.
"Three-and-0 might not seem like very much to some people, but it means a lot to us."
The Panthers are led by quarterback Joey Gonzales, who threw touchdowns to three receivers in the victory against Monterey Trail and also scored on a 1-yard keeper.
Returning senior wide receiver
Adam McAvoy and junior running back Tim Thomas also are threats for
The Wolverine offense is paced by running backs Tyjuan Jones (322 yards, four touchdowns) and Sonni Woods (179 yards, three scores).
Adam Masters quarterbacks
The Wolverine defense is led by Obumneke Chuba, L.J. Hughes, Kevin Horn, Adam Force, Ed Henry and Woods.
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