The reward is finally here.
That's how Golden Valley football coach Jon Betschart looks at it.
After months of work, GV will finally open the season today against North Monterey County High in Castroville at 2 p.m.
"This is why we do all that work in the summer -- all the fundraising," Betschart said.
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"Everything we do is for the school and the community. The game is for the players.
"That's their reward."
Betschart led GV to a 5-5 record in his first season after taking over the program for Dennis Stubbs.
Betschart's boys face a North Monterey team that went 6-5 last season.
"They throw the ball quite a bit," Betschart said. "They run a spread-fly. They have a quarterback who is a pretty good athlete.
"We had a really good practice (Wednesday night). We were fired up. There was quite a bit of talking.
"It was encouraging to see."