Indians next take on Windward Saturday

The Maricopa varsity football team was dealing with a mixed bag of news over the weekend as they came back to defeat North Country Christian 12-8 in Atascadero Friday while looking ahead to next Saturday’s tough matchup against the Winward Wildcats.

“I am glad we came out of there winning,” said Maricopa coach Albert Allen. “We didn’t play as well as we should. They gave us problems.”

With the victory, the Indians improve to 5-2 overall and 2-1 in the Coast Valley League.
At first it looked as if the Indians would have a tough time breaking though against the Crusaders after being shutout in the first half.

Meanwhile, North County Christian put up eight points in the second quarter on Josh Feld’s 28-yard run and a two-point conversion to lead 8-0.

Maricopa came alive in the third quarter on Victor Vega’s 6-yard run with 6:13 to go in the quarter.

One quarter later, the Indians struck again when Joel Medina recovered a fumble in the endzone for a touchdown to give Maricopa a lead with 11:51 to go.

Overall, Carlos Delgado had 9 carries for 68 yards in the game while Austin Phillips had 17 carries for 57 yards. On the defensive end, Samuel Robles, Carlos Gonzales and Delgado each had 11 tackles. Gonzales also had 2 interceptions for 20 yards.

The Indians won’t get to enjoy their victory very long.

This coming Saturday, Maricopa will travel to Southern California to face the 6-0 Windward Wildcats.

Besides the fact that they are undefeated, the Wildcats are also ranked second in the section and state among Division II eight man football schools and 12th in the country according to www.maxpreps.com.  

It doesn’t end there.

According to maxpreps, Windward has outscored their opponents 272-88 and has won every game they have played by at least 22 points. In fact one of the games they played early in the season, Winward scored 81 points.

“They’re a real good fundamental team,” Allen said of Windward.  “We got to keep things moving on defense. Hopefully our defense will keep the offense in the game.”

Allen says there are other keys to the game like health.

“Just basically get healthy and do what we have to do,” he said.

Maricopa’s challenges don’t end with the game against Windward. One week later, the second place Indians take on Cuyama in the final game of the regular season. If Maricopa defeats Cuyama, they lock up second place and a playoff berth.

Kickoff for the Winward game is set for 1 p.m.