Atwater football team focusing only on Beyer

September 19, 2013 

— As far as Atwater football coach Bob Valladao is concerned, the 81 points the Falcons scored last week against Roosevelt are in the rearview mirror.

Valladao didn't spend much time showing his team much video of last week's win over Roosevelt.

"We tell our guys every week it's us versus us," Valladao said. "We're the ones making tackles. We're the ones sustaining blocks, making good decisions and going through our reads.

"We showed a little big of the film of what we did well, but we really didn't talk about it much. We've moved on."

Up next is a home game against Beyer (2-1) tonight. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30.

Like every coach, Valladao is hoping his team can carry some positive momentum when conference play begins in a few weeks.

"We're looking to clean some stuff up," said Valladao, whose team comes in with a 2-1 record. "Last week we had one turnover, maybe two. That was better than the week before. We want to put some drives together. Beyer is going to be better than Roosevelt. We want to work on our fundamental stuff and play good defense."

The Falcons have rushed for over 300 yards and 13 touchdowns in their last two games. Atwater attacks teams with a committee of ball carriers as Ronald Evans (163 rushing yards), JoJo Ochoa (157) and Jessie Molina (145) are all bunched at the top of the team rushing leaders.

Defensively, the Falcons have been led by junior linebacker Tony Romo, who has 41 tackles.

The other local Central California Conference teams are all on the road tonight.

Merced (2-1) will try to bounce back from a 45-0 loss to Edison last week with a matchup against Enochs (0-3) at Johansen High in Modesto.

Buhach Colony (1-2) travels to Rocklin to face Whitney (1-2).

Golden Valley (0-3) is still looking for its first win as it prepares for Grace Davis (1-2) at Chuck Hughes Stadium on the campus of Downey High.

The other intriguing game tonight is the Westside War with Los Banos (2-1) hosting Dos Palos (0-2) at Loftin Stadium.

It's usually standing room only when these two rivals play.

The two schools have played 76 times with the Broncos holding a 43-26-6 edge in the series.

Dos Palos first-year coach Shawn Garrick is looking forward to experiencing the rivalry tonight.

"Absolutely," Garrick said. "Coming from a bigger city, where the demographics are different and conferences are always changing, you don't have this type of rivalry.

"Here you've got two teams who have played 67 years. That's pretty amazing."

Tonight's High School Football Games

All games at 7:30 p.m.

Merced vs Enochs (at Johansen)

Buhach Colony at Whitney

Golden Valley vs Davis (at Downey)

Beyer at Atwater

Dos Palos at Los Banos

Livingston at Mariposa

McNair at Pacheco

Fresno at Hilmar

Central Valley Christian at Chowchilla

Turlock Chr. at Stone Ridge Christian

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