The Mammoth Huskies go on the road tonight in their first serious road game of the season.
The opponent, Boron (4-1), is one thing. But the biggest adjustment the Huskies (2-2) might face is the bus.
âYou canât put a kid on a bus and expect him to ride for five hours,â said Coach Tom Gault after a mid-week practice this week. âItâs especially hard for the junior varsity,â he said. âThey have to ride the bus, jump off and be ready to play (at 4 oâclock).â
So how much is the âbus advantage?â
âWhen somebody has to come to Mammoth to play, we figure we have a touchdown-and-a-half advantage. And it works the other way, too.
âWhen we go down to the desert and are on the bus for four or five hours, we have a touchdown and a half deficit that we have to make up before the game even starts.â
For Mammoth, that adds up to trouble.
The Huskies are coming off a horrific 59-6 loss at Bishop last week, and statistically, the Boron Bobcats look tough as nails.
Running with Reggie Heard (72.8 yards a game) and riding the arm of Josh Core (99 yards a game), Boron is unbeaten at home this season and has averaged more than 51 points a game.
Mammoth has utilized the rushing of Jorge âCocoâ Galvan (76 yards a game) but the Huskiesâ passing game has been all but invisible.
On the other hand, Mammoth may take some comfort knowing that the Bobcats play a spread offense, and the Huskies have had some success against the spread this season.
âTheir offense is a lot of run-and-gun,â Gault said, âand we have, earlier in the season, played pretty well against that style of offense.
âWith the exception of the Bishop game, our defense has kept us in the game all season. So our game plan is that weâre going to play tough defense against these guys, put a couple of points on the board and hopefully come away with a win.â
And as for the Bishop game?
âIâm sure Coach (Bill) Egan would tell you the same thing, that he and I are both glad to have that game in the books and to be moving on to the rest of our seasons.
âFor him, all the pressureâs on his guys. Heâs got to put some points on the board and put on a good show. For my guys, we try to keep our heads above water and make something happen.â
âSo it goes the way it goes, and weâre both glad to be moving on to our league seasons.âView more articles in: