By Shel Segal
After picking up its first win of the season a week ago, the Mark Keppel High football team was knocked back down to earth on Friday night with a 43-6 loss to host Maranatha High in a nonleague game.
With the loss, Keppel fell to 1-4 on the season.
Despite suffering the setback, Keppel coach Aaron Sepulveda said it wasn't one thing that did the Aztecs in against Maranatha.
"I don't believe our loss was the result of something going wrong," Sepulveda said.
"We simply faced an opponent who is a powerful and fundamentally sound team. I was impressed with the overall quality of Maranatha. They are talented and physical." Sepulveda added, however, his team didn't take the field with its best game.
"Without a doubt we could have played better," he said. "We allowed too many easy touchdowns. I believe we are capable of offering competitive resistance and we did not do that."
In addition, Sepulveda with Almont League play starting in two weeks next week's bye week could not have come at a better time. "We will gladly enter our bye week with hopes of getting healthy and getting better," he said.
"Our focus is simple. We need to rise to a level we've never been to. As a whole, we need to dig deep and find a way to perform at the highest level of our lives heading into league play."