Saturday semipro football: Coyotes at home, Chiefs on the roadSeptember 27th, 2013 | by Patti Myers |
One of the desert’s semi-pro AAA football teams has a home on Saturday with the So Cal Coyotes taking on the Crown City Hilltoppers at 7 p.m. at Xavier Prep in Palm Desert.
The undefeated Desert Chiefs are on the road this weekend facing the Granada Hills Longhorns. The teams compete in separate conferences.
Here’s some info provided by the Coyotes for their Saturday contest. General admission tickets are $10.
(PALM DESERT) – The Crown City (Belmont) Hilltoppers roll into the desert Saturday night in the hopes of playing spoiler to the SoCal Coyotes national title chase.
The nationally ranked SoCal Coyotes (3-1) are riding a two-game win streak, and come home to face their third LCFL opponent in as many weeks in the Hilltoppers.
The Coyotes have risen to 13th in national AAA polls among 800 teams, and control their own destiny. The Hilltoppers, however, have other plans for the Coyotes, and a SoCal defeat would knock the desert dogs out of any serious title contention.LAST WEEK: The Coyotes proved against the Falcons they can hurt you quickly in a variety of ways — scoring on deep touchdown passes from quarterback Nate Lewis, a slashing rushing touchdown from S-back Nigel Simmons, and two defensive scores via interceptions from corner Shaine Boyle.
But the young Coyotes struggle to focus after jumping out to big leads — evidenced by allowing the San Diego Thunder to come back from 17 points down to beat them in their only loss.
The Coyotes led the Falcons 21-0, but let them fight back to a respectable score, though the game was never in doubt. “We are still learning how to play 60 full minutes, without keeping opponents alive with our own penalties, lack of focus, and being our own worst enemy,” says Coyote head coach J. David Miller.
WHEN THE COYOTES HAVE THE BALL: Coyote fans can flip a coin as to which offensive weapon their team might use to hurt the Hilltoppers.
Last week, with the Falcons hanging on for dear life to prevent embarrassment, Los Angeles rolled their coverage to shut down all-world receiver Rashad “The Franchise” Roberts, who still had six catches for 99 yards and two touchdowns in a “quiet” performance.
Nate Lewis slammed the door on their fingers by looking backside and casually dropping a donut down a chimney from 38 yards to former Arena receiver A.J. Allen for the final score. Currently the Coyotes have thrown to 12 different receivers while rolling up 1,714 yards in total offense in four games. Roberts, meanwhile, has 765 yards and nine touchdowns on the year.
Fans might get their first extended look at backup quarterback Taylor Genuser, the 22-year-old, cannon-armed rookie from New Mexico Highlands. Genuser, 6-3, 220, was recommended to the Coyotes by pro scouts who saw the benefit of a season in the desert, where he has matured behind Lewis, embraced the grind of professional football, and learned the nuances of the team’s explosive Silver Stretch run ‘n’ shoot offense. Genuser likes to run, extending plays with his legs, and is more than capable of throwing the deep vertical ball that is a Coyote trademark.
Running back Nigel Simmons carried 10 times for 59 yards.WHEN THE HILLTOPPERS HAVE THE BALL: The Darkside Defense’was led last week by Boyle, who is gaining confidence as a big-time shut-down corner and has scored three touchdowns in the past two weeks.
Linebacker Ryan Pervine has emerged as a defensive leader, and harrassed Falcon quarterbacks on blitzes, defensed three passes and made three ferocious solo stops. Middle linebacker Devin Jones is the team’s leading tackler, and defensive end speed-rusher Devin Howard leads the team in sacks.GENERAL SEATING: Walk-up tickets are available at the gate for $10. Children under 12 are free. No coolers, or outside food or drink, are permitted inside the stadium.
RADIO: Play-by-play will be called by “Voice of the Coyotes” Matt McKay and color man Sam Maggio, and aired on KXPS Team 1010, the flagship station of the Coyote Radio Network.
COYOTE MOBILE ‘YAPP’: The game can also be heard via the Coyote GoMobile YAPP, available for free download in the iTunes Store and Android Market. The YAPP also has the Coyote roster, videos, and Coyote TV features.