SMALL SCHOOLS NOTEBOOK: TURNOVERS HELP GIVE DESERT SOME ROOM.
Byline: Richard Perkins Richard Perkins is the former Speaker of the Nevada Assembly. Born in Boulder City, Nevada he became a police officer, eventually rising to become the Chief of Police in Henderson, Nevada. Staff Writer
Desert High's football team (7-0, 2-0) put a little distance between itself and Mojave Mojave (mōhä`vē), river, c.100 mi (160 km) long, rising in the San Bernardino Mts., S Calif., and flowing generally north to disappear in the Mojave Desert. (5-1, 1-1) in the race for the High Desert League title last Friday Friday: see Sabbath; week.
young Indian rescued by Crusoe and kept as servant and companion. [Br. Lit.: Robinson Crusoe]
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Despite the fact Mojave put up larger numbers in almost every category, including rushing, passing and first downs, it was turnovers - six of them - that did Mojave in.
``We've made mistakes this year,'' Mojave coach Larry Satterfield said, ``only not so many and we've been able to overcome them.''
On the game's initial drive, Mojave drove the ball 80 yards, eating up eight minutes of the first quarter only to fumble the ball away.
``They are a ball-control team, and they most certainly accomplished that,'' Desert coach Joel Sweitzer said.
Desert next faces Kern Kern, river, 155 mi (249 km) long, rising in the S Sierra Nevada Mts., E Calif., and flowing south, then southwest to a reservoir in the extreme southern part of the San Joaquin valley. The river has Isabella Dam as its chief facility. Valley on the road today. Mojave travels to Bishop.
--Win-win situation: Desert might have done more than just taken a lead in the league standings; it might already have won the league title.
The Scorpions are the only undefeated team left in league. Since the High Desert League was formed in 1992, no team with a loss has won the title.
--New league to roost: The Paraclete football team (5-2) opens its first season of Olympic League play this week against Montclair Prep of Van Nuys (5-1) at Antelope Valley College Antelope Valley College is a comprehensive community college located in Lancaster, California, USA. It is operated by the Antelope Valley Community College District, with a primary service area of 1,945 square miles covering portions of Los Angeles and Kern counties. . The Spirits spent the last several years ruling the Alpha League.
The four-team Olympic also includes Kilpatrick of Malibu and Valley Christian of Cerritos and should make for some good football.
``This is game one of our short league schedule, so this game is extremely important,'' Paraclete coach Jeff Cortez said. ``This is really our second season, and the games should be intense and playoff play·off also play-off
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2. A series of games played to determine a championship.
Noun 1. caliber.''
--Not by the numbers: The Spirits, ranked fourth in the Southern Section Division XI poll, should have it tough against fifth-ranked Montclair Prep, which also happens to have the second-best defense among area small schools, allowing 206.7 yards per game.
Still, Cortez said it's not the numbers he's concerned with.
``I don't really look at numbers,'' he said. ``I prepare by looking at game films and then trying to exploit what the defense gives us.''
Montclair Prep does not give much. It has allowed only an average of 93.4 yards a game on the ground and 107.8 through the air.
Desert football player Rudy Burgess BURGESS. A magistrate of a borough; generally, the chief officer of the corporation, who performs, within the borough, the same kind of duties which a mayor does in a city. In England, the word is sometimes applied to all the inhabitants of a borough, who are called burgesses sometimes it helped the Scorpions beat Mojave 14-3 last Friday, a victory that put Desert in the driver's seat driv·er's seat
A position of control or authority. in the High Desert League.
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