By Shel Segal
It might have come in the fourth week, but it finally came.
The Mark Keppel High football had an offensive explosion and defeated host Workman High, 50-26, on Friday night in a nonleague game for its first victory of the season.
Keppel coach Aaron Sepulveda was elated with the victory.
“It was a memorable night for Keppel,” Sepulveda said. “Our kids and staff have been working relentlessly to earn their first victory. For everyone involved, it was a feeling of sheer exhilaration. I am proud of my kids’ resiliency.
“It takes guts to persevere through so many blowouts and close defeats. My kids and my coaching staff have guts.”
Sepulveda added the Aztecs persevered against the Lobos, not giving up when the battle got difficult.
“There were several keys to our victory,” he said.
“We have been stressing all week long to our kids the importance of playing complete games and avoiding disastrous quarters. We feel our kids were able to accomplish this particular focus. The major key to our victory was our kids’ ability to respond every time Workman scored. We never let our foot off the pedal.
“I credit our players for not letting down at any point during the game.”
He also said the team needs to continue to play hard if it is going to pick up another win.
“Moving forward, we will be facing a series of extremely formidable opponents,” Sepulveda said. “Obviously we must continue our course of improvement. However, in order to be competitive in our games ahead, we need to get tougher. Our future opponents are real tough. We need to match their toughness and take our intensity to a new level.”