With two shutouts in the last three games -- including last Friday's 29-0 win over Central Valley -- the Los Banos football team is starting to look like a defensive juggernaut.
"We've been preaching to our defensive guys that that zero up on the board, it's been looking good the last few weeks," Los Banos coach Dustin Caropreso said. "Our defense is right where we want them to be at this part of the season. They're flying to the ball and playing good defense."
The always-dangerous Central Valley running back Ja'Quan Gardner gained 138 yards on the ground, but CV wasn't able to fine the end zone. The LB defense sacked CV quarterback Abraham Navarro four times and intercepted him once.
"He can make one person miss and run 90 yards untouched," Caropreso said about Gardner. "He's a tough one -- he makes you have to game plan to shut him down. Our guys did a good job of wrapping up and keeping him contained."
Offensively, Los Banos running back James Sams was still bothered by a tender ankle, carrying 16 times for 69 yards. Teammate Delvonte Moore provided the explosiveness, carrying twice for 102 yards with a 97-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter.
"The whole plan was to not use Sams last week, but he proved to me he was ready to go," Caropreso said. "Central Valley gave us a look that we decided to try to take advantage of to run midline up the middle. I told (offensive coordinator Jeremy) Siemiller let's put Deedee in there and see what happens."
Los Banos travels tonight to Livingston to take on a Wolves team that has faded in league play, dropping three of its last four -- including last week's 77-7 loss to Central Catholic.
"I keep telling my kids, 'No team is going to lay down and let you beat the crap out of them.' Livingston's the same," Caropreso said. "It's senior night for them, so they have something to play for. Don't take them lightly, and expect a fight.
"(Livingston coach Chris) Lacey'll come up with a few wrinkles. He has a tendency to do that. He'll come up with a few gadgets."
Livingston (4-5, 1-4 WAC) boasts a three-headed rushing attack with Brian Perez (115 carries for 578 yards and 7 TDs), Juan Zuniga (57-447, 3 TDs) and Luis Santacruz (59-350, 2 TDs).
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