The Indio High School football team looked pretty outclassed Friday in their season opener against West Valley.
There isn’t much good to say about their performance. Quarterback Chris Garcia got pulled from the game at halftime because head coach George Thomas didn’t want to risk injury in such a lopsided game. (The Mustangs won 61-0.)
Clearly their defense wasn’t up to the task and they couldn’t find any running game to speak of.
The only bright spot was punter Jose Sandoval, who managed several strong punts with significant hang time. He even ran the ball for a few yards following a high snap that he had to recover. He took a beating on that play and later got nailed with a late hit, that he absorbed well and got the Rajahs a first down following a roughing the kicker penalty.
If Friday’s game is any indication, he’ll be getting a lot of reps at his position. Hopefully for the Rajahs, West Valley is really good, but it looks like it might be another long year for Coach Thomas and the Indio High squad.