Taft will face a sizable Bulldog team

After last week’s scrimmage against Tehachapi, Varsity Football Coach George Falgout got a chance to see what his boys were capable of in preparation for the season. Friday they head to Golden Valley to face the Bulldogs. When asked if he had seen any film of the Bulldogs, Falgout said, “We were able to see some of their scrimmage and they have a big line. They are going to try and muscle us on offense but I think that we are going to be okay.”

 The coach was also asked if the size of Golden Valley's line was going to create some problems for his team, and Coach Falgout responded, “It is like a chess game, we will have to look for a weakness and exploit it. When we have the ball on offense, we will have to learn to be patient, the plays will come but we need to take our time.”

 The Wildcats have two players who were named on the list of the top 50 players in Kern County: Maino Maino and Fano Maui. Coach Falgout said, “Maino Maino had some big plays for us in the backfield in our scrimmage. Fano Maui had several good runs where he picked up some good yardage. Our other running back Zack Self also had some good runs.”

 The JV team also had a good outing last Friday. Coach Van Roekel said this about his team, “The team has really come together in a short amount of time. The cohesiveness of the freshmen, sophomores and a couple juniors is a real credit to Coach Falgout and his message of how we're all Wildcats, not necessarily seniors, juniors, sophomores and freshmen. The upperclassmen have really been instrumental in making our freshmen feel a part of the football community.

That being said, the Tehachapi JV is a very solid club who is going to have a good year. It was a real eye-opener for our freshmen boys (Tackle to tackle on the offensive line) to go against such an experienced bunch.

“Freshmen Center Frank Rosche had a good workout as did Freshman tailback Chad Berry. Freshman quarterback Kyler Miles did a nice job directing the offense. Defensively, sophomore linebacker Ulises Sanchez and Freshman linebacker Kody Garay stepped up and made a couple nice hits and fills on the South and Tehachapi ball carriers. Sophomore cornerback Michael White recorded an interception when he made an excellent break on the ball against Tehachapi. Freshman defensive tackle Knute Rushing had a nice behind the line of scrimmage tackle and first time football player Freshman defensive back Johnathan Bernard batted down a pass intended for a South receiver.

 “Overall, a positive night. More positive plays than negative, and the good news is the negative aspects are fixable and correctable mistakes. Many things for us to work on this week for a very good, fast and physical Golden Valley JV.”