The task before Central Valley’s football team today is to neutralize Kamiakin’s quickness.
Kamiakin quarterback Scott Mitchell, a 6-foot-4 junior, and running back Nick Freese have combined for 2,300 yards of offense and 28 touchdowns. Receiver Jay Robinson caught 41 passes for 612 yards and five TDs.
“The quarterback is a scrambler and they have an excellent tailback. We’ve got to keep them from making big plays,” said coach Rick Giampietri. “They are a quick defensive football team and are not as big as us but very mobile.”
The CV coach said his Bears are playing their best defense of the year.
Central Valley is one of six unbeaten teams in the playoffs.
“When you’re in this part of (the season), there are 16 tough teams,” said Giampietri. “What it comes down to is, do you give up fewer turnovers.”
Whatever happens from here on, Giampietri has enjoyed a season which is CV’s best in a dozen years and the school’s first perfect regular-season record since 1974.
It is a group, he said, that has been close-knit since the ninth grade and has been as competitive in the classroom as on the football field.
He’s heard other coaches of playoff teams say they were glad when the season ended because of the type of players they dealt with.
Not so with CV.
“Whether they do or don’t win, all of this team has been a good group to be with,” said Giampietri.
“But I’d be extremely disappointed if we don’t go on in this bracket.”
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