Panthers football sits on top in Southern California
For the second week in a row Chaffey College has been named the No. 1 football team in Southern California. Last week was the first time under Carl Beach's six-year tenure the Panthers have been on top.
After beating San Bernardino Valley and Antelope Valley, the Panthers are 2-0 in the Foothill Conference and undefeated at 4-0. Beach said the Panthers 29-7 win at Antelope Valley two weeks ago was their most complete game of the season.
Andrae Perry was named the offensive player of the game for his running. On special teams Zach Bussey nailed a 51-yard field goal and also ran for a first down from punt formation. Kaleb Madison did an excellent job on long snaps.
"We always have areas we can improve," said Beach. "The main thing is to be able to adjust to the way your opponent plays."
On Saturday at 1 p.m. the Panthers host Victor Valley in another conference showdown. Last week the Rams beat San Bernardino Valley, 27-22.
"Victor Valley runs a multiple set spread offense," said Beach. "Our main objective is to stop their running game, but we also have to contain their quarterback so he doesn't find their talented receivers down field."
Victor Valley quarterback Dylan Lockwood does a good job throwing the ball to receivers Jamel Richardson and Darnell Crowder, said Beach. Kenneth Thomas, who won the previous week's game with a last-minute touchdown, will take the rushing duties. On defense the Rams plays a base 4-3 and don't blitz or stunt too much.
"On offense we need to make our running game go and pick our moments to throw the ball," said Beach. "Victor Valley has one really aggressive defensive end in David Nava, which we need to contain."
Beach said Chaffey with its bigger players should be able to control the line of scrimmage. The Panthers will have a good chance to win the game if on defense they can contain the Rams running game and two wide receivers.
On special teams, kickoff coverage has been Beach's main concern. He plans on changing personnel so the Panthers do a better job.
"We need to try and stay focused and not allow ourselves to get distracted," said Beach. "We should maintain our focus from week to week."
Although the Panthers have luckily avoided major injuries the flu bug seems to have hit several of their players. With a bye week off the Panthers had a chance to get back into condition and work on their games, said Beach