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Just like all high school football teams, Valley Christian has been itching to get out and play. With the recent announcement that California high school football is now allowed to hold games, it seems the Warriors will be able to show what they got. After going 11-2 last season and appearing in the Central Coast Section championship game, the Warriors are looking to carry on their strong football culture.
Head coach Mike Machado had the seniors in mind when he was fighting to have a season. They were the most important in his eyes because of how much they had already lost. Fortunately, these players will get a senior season, but the recruitment process has slowed down this year. With the NCAA giving their seniors the option to gain an extra year of eligibility and repeat their senior year, those spots are taken away from high school seniors trying to get recruited.
“Many coaches’ mindsets have gone to getting a season for our seniors,” Machado said. “They are the ones who have the most to lose.”
It is great for Valley Christian and many others to see that this kind of effort has paid off. Valley Christian will begin its season with a scrimmage against Los Gatos on March 12th and their first official game will be on March 19th against Junipero Serra High School.
Ahead of the season, Valley Christian has multiple players that will stand out on the field. Last season, senior defensive end Dominic Oliver finished the year with 62 total tackles and 5.5 sacks. The 6-3, 224-pound defensive end has signed to play at San Diego State next season.
Tyler Roberts, another senior defensive end, has committed to play at Lafayette next season. Roberts stands at six foot four inches tall and weighs in at 240 pounds.
Another player to look out for is sophomore wide receiver Jurrion Dickey. As a freshman last season, Dickey led the team in both receptions (28) and yards (541). Dickey currently holds offers from Arizona, Arizona State, Arkansas, California, Oregon State, Pittsburgh and San Jose State.
With California allowing high school football to now hold games, Oliver, Roberts, Dickey and the rest of the Warriors will finally get the chance to show what they are capable of. Valley Christian is ready to show why it is such a powerhouse in Northern California high school football.
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