Jags to face early test against Immaculata
Friday night, when the Mill Valley football team opens its season on the road at Immaculata, you can bet that coach George Radell has his players realizing just how big this game is.
"To win a league championship we know that we have to be playing well that first week," Radell said. "Immaculata is one of the powers in this league and we know that the road to the championship goes through them."
With an experienced team returning from a season ago, Radell said he was confident that his players would be ready for kickoff. He also said that having such experience would be a good way to get by the first game jitters as well.
In all, Radell returns 17 seniors from last year's team, making the Jaguars deep at several positions. MVHS has six senior wide receivers on its roster. It has six running backs with varsity experience on its roster. And it returns its quarterback from last year, Donny Slavinski, as well. Battling with Slavinski for playing time, however, is sophomore Tony Alvarez.
Up until the week before the first game, Radell said he still wasn't sure which quarterback would get the start, but he did say that both of them will be extremely important to the team all season long.
"At some point this season, we're going to need whichever one of those guys doesn't start the first game," the coach said.
On defense, Randell said the team's question mark is its secondary.
"Our secondary is thin," Radell said. "I certainly think we have an opportunity to put some really good players back there."
Before long, Radell will find out when 11 players on both sides of the ball step out onto the field Friday night.
After finishing its inaugural year with a 4-5 record, the Jaguars are fired up to improve on that this season. Wide receiver Tim Herbel said he can't wait for the first game so he can see what this team's got.
"Immaculata's one of the biggest games of the year and we know that," Herbel said. "We need to be ready to get after it and ready to be fired up."
Kickoff for the Immaculata game is scheduled for 7 p.m.