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.
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"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.