Prep Impressions: Week 7

I covered the Corona Santiago-Eastvale Roosevelt varsity football game on Friday, Oct. 5, 2012, for The Press-Enterprise and HSGametime.pe.com and came away thinking Eastvale Roosevelt realized the inevitable midway through the 4th quarter — the Mustangs could not keep pace with Michael Darr and Santiago’s offense.

Darr went for five TDs that did the damage, but it was Santiago’s defense that mitigated all of Roosevelt’s late offense as the Sharks went on to win 49-35 in a game that didn’t quite get to 100 points, but was certainly close enough.

It was interesting what Santiago coach Jeff Steinberg had to say about the Sharks’ defense, long insufficient against most Big VIII League competition.

“They came through in the end and that’s all that’s important. Our guys on offense and defense know that they’ve got each others backs so we’ll do our job, we’ll let them focus on theirs. We don’t complain about what’s going on on the other side of the ball and the key thing is that they made some key stops at the end,” Steinberg said.

And whether they made stops or the Mustangs’ defense was exhausted by Darr’s relentless scoring, Santiago’s defense was equal to the task.

The 6-foot, 185-pound senior QB finished with more than 300 total yards, no doubt pleasing his coach once more.

He’s playing like a three-year starter. He’s making some calls on the field, checking some things down. Really, really happy with what he’s doing,” Steinberg said.

Roosevelt went with a Double Wing formation early before opting for a more spread-oriented offense for most of the game.

“We’re always going to take what the defense gives us, and we felt that if we can go in there, run a little Double Wing, may we could get some of the personnel we wanted on the field and maybe that would be better,” Roosevelt coach Tony Barile said. “We felt we could run something else.”

It didn’t much work, however, as Santiago went on to win in the Big VIII League’s battle for second place.

Corona Santiago coach Jeff Steinberg:
“The type of offense we have it’s really important that all our guys to do their job, and Joey (Camarillo) is one guy, and it was nice to be able to get him going. We wanted to run some clock and get a good tempo going, and get some drives going. He’s part of the running game, the linemen are important too. We’re pretty happy. You gotta give (Roosevelt) credit. Coach Barile’s done a really nice job, and said ‘Dang, we gotta game!’ We made a few adjustments, not many, and it was kind of a reality check, a gut check, and come out in the second half and clean some stuff up. Sustaining our drives and getting our tempo going. We had 30 snaps in the first half, 49 in the second so it’s two things: playing at a faster tempo but getting first downs. The only thing we’re thinking about is the next team coming up, and we’ll take care of that.”

Roosevelt coach Tony Barile:
“We did what we could to contain their guys. He started to get loose and we were missing tackles — missing arm tackles — that sort of thing. It got tough there for a minute. It think we’re alright. We’re going in the right direction but all that matters is how we come back from this; how we overcome adversity. This is a very, very tough league, week-in and week-out. We’ve got to win two more games to get to the playoffs. We have to find a way to win two of our next three games, and we can pout and be upset or we can win two more games. I think they’re starting to believe. You know, I’ve always said ‘It’s a process,’ but at the same time when I say ‘It’s a process,’ it doesn’t mean that we’re conceding anything. I want to go to the playoffs now. So the process is we have to win next week. We’ve got to. We have some things to work on, definitely, some things to fix. Our defense fought. Our whole team fought. I’m not unhappy. We just have to keep getting better.”

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