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Bell-Jeff football team faces toughest test of the year in league opener

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Bellarmine-Jefferson High's Galen Quintero makes a tackle (Libbu Cline/The Leader).

FOOTBALL PREVIEW

BELL-JEFF VS. ST. GENEVIEVE

WHEN: 7 p.m. Friday.

WHERE: Memorial Field (Burroughs High).

RECORDS: The Guards are 4-2; the Valiants are 6-0.

LAST WEEK: Bell-Jeff defeated Silver Valley, 36-24; St. Genevieve defeated Frazier Mountain, 50-39.

OUTLOOK: This is likely the most important game of the season for Bell-Jeff. The contest could also determine the Santa Fe League champion, as the Valiants won the title last season and the Guards finished second. Bell-Jeff will be taking on a team that has yet to experience defeat this season. Looking at the results from the teams’ common opponents this season, it appears the Guards are in for a tough battle. Both squads have faced Malibu and Frazier Mountain in nonleague games earlier in the year. While the Guards lost to the Sharks, 20-18, and the Falcons, 52-14, the Valiants earned 43-26 and 50-30 victories against the same squads. St. Genevieve has had by far the most potent offense in the league during the first six games. The team has outscored its opponents, 262-111, and averages 43.6 points a game. In contrast, the Guards have scored an average of 29.3 points a game. The Valiants have a fine athlete in senior Chris Navarro. As a quarterback, Navarro has completed 46 of 72 passes for 668 yards, seven touchdowns and two interceptions. Not only can the Valiants pass the ball, but they also have a solid running game behind Navarro, who operates the option to perfection. He has gained 901 yards in 76 carries and has an eye-popping 21 touchdowns. Bell-Jeff’s biggest offensive weapon is junior wide receiver Micah Shirley. Shirley has 39 catches for 588 yards and eight touchdowns. Teammate Kevin Yuenyonskul has 17 catches for 356 yards and five touchdowns. The Guards have gotten a great effort this season from senior linebacker Alex Davidians. Going into Friday’s game, Davidians was fourth in the state in tackles with 89, according to maxpreps.com.

SOMETHING INTERESTING: The Valiants are ranked No. 3 in the CIF Southern Section Northeast Division and the Guards are ranked No. 7 in the same division.

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Written by Jeff Tully

October 15, 2009 at 4:19 pm

Posted in Sports

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