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Merced College defense ready to vent its frustrations

Jamichael Turner isn't accustomed to losing.

The Merced College freshman cornerback dropped all of five games in his three years of playing varsity at Merced High.

So the Blue Devils' 1-7 start to the season has been trying, to say the least.

"I got used to not losing," Turner admitted. "And I'm not trying to get used to losing here, but its been tough.

"Going around town, and the campus , and having people say 'you guys lost again.' I don't plan on feeling this way again next year."

Instead of ripping the team apart, Turner said the adversity has brought the team closer together.

It's hard to argue.

MC has turned in its three best performances of the season in the last three weeks.

Unfortunately, despite the improved play, the Blue Devils have only gone 1-2 in those contests.

That, however, hasn't dashed Turner's spirits.

"We've played with a fire the last few weeks that I wish we'd had all season," Turner said. "We need to keep that going these last two games, so we have momentum going into next season."

MC will look to start building that momentum today when it travels to Pittsburg to face a struggling Los Medanos (0-3 Golden Gate Conference, 1-7) squad.

Turner and his defensive cohorts will look to feast on a Mustang team that has turned the ball over 21 times this season.

The Blue Devil offense will also look to pounce on a defense that has surrendered a state worst 50.8 points per game.

"You guys should expect to see everything in their playbook on offense and defense," MC coach Tony Lewis told his team. "They're a team with nothing to lose.

"We need to take care of business and come back home and finish the season off with a win over Modesto."