VACAVILLE — There are only 21 players on the Vacaville Christian High football team, but don’t underestimate their abilities.
Just check out last week’s 48-8 rout of Fresno Christian in the Falcons’ season opener.
Even with the big win, coach Booker Guyton knows the season’s long and his team must keep improving.
“We’ve got a lot of improvement to do,” Guyton said before Tuesday’s practice. “I was excited for the kids (to get back on the field and pick up a win). We hadn’t hit in about three weeks since our last scrimmage. It was a much-needed test for us. It was definitely an eye-opener in seeing how far we’ve got to go.”
One thing the Falcons will have to improve on is their run defense, which allowed 234 yards on the ground to the Eagles.
With that said, Guyton still believes his big guys up front are a key for the team.
“(Our strength) is going to be our O-line and D-Line,” the coach said. “They are the strength as far as the age and the fact that these guys have been here for three or four years. The problem is we don’t have a lot of depth with 21 kids. Than kind of takes its toll. It’s Iron Man football at its best.”
Luke Spinardi, Johnny Bennedict, Cyrus Javan, Mateo Olloqui and Cameron Botkin are all returning starters to the offensive line, with Spinardi, Javan and Olloqui also being starters on the defensive line.
Guyton will also look to get some quality playing time for varsity newcomers Devin Villarreal (QB/FS), Jordan Guyton (WR/DB) and Jeremy Botkin (WR/LB).
The coach said the biggest challenge for his team will be “making it through the season healthy,” and wants his team to be “competitive and strong, and be in tip-top shape.”
Guyton also noted that with the small number of players, he wants his team to just focus from week to week.
“”We’re one game at a time,” he said. “I’m telling our guys that each game is equally important as the last one. I don’t want to put a limit on wins and losses. I just want them to be able to compete and be able to have fun while we’re out there.
“We’re not overlooking any opponents, we’re not underlooking any opponents, we’re just playing Vaca Christian football.”
“We have Pride Week here where the kids stay here for a whole week,” Guyton said. “The parents cook for us, and we just got back from retreat in the Redwoods. Both weeks have been awesome.
“Spiritually our kids have grown, emotionally our kids have grown. It’s a work in progress, but it’s an exciting one.”
And that continues with Friday night’s home game against Millennium.