How will Merced respond after falling to Edison?
It's been a while since Merced has had to recover from a blowout like it suffered last week.
Fresno Edison had its way in a 43-14 rout.
"It's a situation we haven't been in for a long time," said Merced coach Rob Scheidt. "You probably have to go back to 2003 when we were blown out at Nevada Union.
"That was the kind of game that felt like last Friday."
In 2003, Merced never recovered.
After opening with a 44-0 loss to NU, Merced limped through a 2-8 season.
While the talent of this year's team is vastly superior, the question still remains: How will Merced respond?
We'll get an answer tonight when Merced (2-1) plays Loomis Del Oro (1-2) at Atwater High. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.
"I think the word used was 'swagger,' " Scheidt said. "I don't know if we'll know until we get back on the field and play a game.
"Our guys are a little different. They are a very confident group. I think our coaches are a little more leery than the kids.
"I think they're ready to go out and have fun."
In Del Oro, Merced faces a team that has faced a couple tough opponents in Idaho State champions Lake City and Santa Rosa Cardinal Newman.
Merced will have to deal with a dual threat at quarterback in Mason Magleby, who has thrown for 610 yards and four touchdowns and ran for another 213 and three scores.