By Shel Segal
Trailing by just one point, the Mark Keppel High football team gave up a fourth quarter touchdown and let the game slip away to visiting Sierra Vista High, 30-22, on Friday night in a nonleague game.
Keppel coach Aaron Sepulveda said his team has been hurting and that hurt them down the stretch against Sierra Vista.
“We have been decimated with injuries,” he said. “Every team deals with injuries, but it especially affects us because we don't have experienced replacements. Sierra Vista effectively exploited our depth issues throughout the game and in the fourth quarter.”
He added the Aztecs need to get well soon or it will cost them when Almont League play begins in October.
“We have to get healthy and stay healthy or we'll be in trouble during league play,” he said. “Our injury trend is a concern.”
In addition, Sepulveda said his team needs to play all 48 minutes to win a game, not just a few minutes here and there.
“In order to earn a victory, we have to play a complete game,” he said. “We cannot afford to experience bad quarters. We are not at a point in our program where we can overcome mistakes.”