Golden Valley is still Golden Valley.
That's the way Merced coach Rob Scheidt feels.
Despite GV's 0-7 record, Scheidt doesn't feel his team will have any problem getting up for tonight's battle for the Mayor's Cup at Merced College.
Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.
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Golden Valley leads the all-time series between the two schools 8-6.
"We have 'The Cup,' we know the records and we're behind," said Scheidt, whose team is 2-0 in the Central California Conference and 5-1 overall.
"This is a great opportunity for us to get a win. We can point to every example in the world of a team that hasn't won a game upsetting another team."
It's no secret the two teams have been on opposite sides of the spectrum this season.
Merced is putting itself in position for a third straight CCC title.
Scheidt has a stable of athletes who have dominated the conference during that time.
GV has dressed as few as 25 players some weeks and is staring at the possibility of the school's first 0-10 season.
Still, you won't find anyone who will accuse Jon Betschart's boys of quitting.
"I'm not surprised," the GV coach said. "They put in a lot of work during the summer -- going to camp and lifting weights. That's what makes it extra frustrating because we haven't seen the results on the field in terms of wins.
"But we've been in games. Our guys haven't mailed it in."
That's what concerns Scheidt.
Golden Valley was tied with Los Banos 13-13 midway through the fourth quarter last week.
"With the offense they run, they're able to possess the football with 3- and 4-yard plays," Scheidt said.
"They could keep the game close and win it in the fourth quarter. If you get in that situation, you're rolling the dice."
In other CCC action, Atwater (2-0, 4-2) travels to Pitman (1-1, 4-2) with a chance to prove it belongs with conference heavyweights.
Buhach Colony (0-3, 2-5) hosts Turlock (1-1, 5-1).
Hilmar (1-0 Western Athletic Conference, 6-0 overall) puts its undefeated record on the line against Central Catholic (1-0, 5-1).
Shawn Jansen is the Sun-Star sports reporter. He can be reached at 385-2462 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.