By Ray Hamill — Hoopa Valley head coach William Simms is expecting his players to feel the backlash of a wounded Trinity team this week.
The Wolves have struggled in each of their two games, getting outscored 105-0 in back-to-back blowout losses.
But Simms is wary of a Trinity program that has posted five straight winning seasons and has not lost to the Warriors in their past three meetings.
“Honestly, I expect them to come out and try to punch us in the mouth,” the Hoopa head coach said. “I know they’re going to be ready to go.”
Productive week of practice
If practice this week is any indication, so too will the Warriors, who are eager to get back on track after losing 67-28 to a dominant St. Bernard’s team a week ago.
After posting a season-opening win at home to Etna two weeks ago, the Warriors went into the St. Bernard’s game with plenty of confidence.
Too many mistakes early in the game, however, cost them, and they were never in contention after that.
But that might have served as a bit of a wake-up call for the players.
“I think so,” Simms said. “Practice has been really good this week. It’s been much better than last week.”
Aguilar stands out — but he’s not alone
One bright spot for the Warriors last week was the play of their two starting receivers.
Junior Carlos Aguilar, who was described by his coach in the preseason as the “best wide receiver in the county,” has been on fire the past two weeks with four TD receptions.
“He’s a spark,” Simms said. “He’s got some motivation. He plays with motivation.”
Against St. Bernard’s, Aguilar pulled in five receptions for 183 yards and two TDs.
And he’s not alone.
Opposite him, another junior, Jasper Hostler, has also been impressive, pulling in two catches a week ago for 75 yards and a TD.
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“I expect him to have a big game (at Trinity),” Simms said of Hostler, who appears to have found his groove. “He’s a very, very hard worker, probably the hardest worker on our team. And he’s very fast.”
The speedy receiving duo has made life more comfortable for junior Tristin Campbell, who appears to have won the starting QB job for now.
Last week, Campbell completed 9-of-16 passes for 275 yards and three TDs, although he did also throw three picks to a big-play Crusaders defense.
Campbell will start again this week.
Game time is set for 7:30 p.m.