Albert Perez, senior center and defensive tackle for the Spartans who has spent three years at the varsity level, said he's happy to be where the team is.
"It feels good," Perez said. "I've been a part of this program for four years. It feels good to be a part of a winning team."
Eric Garcia, a senior middle linebacker who has been on varsity for the past two years, said winning the Almont League title (although it is now a share of the title with Bell Gardens due to the Lancers' win Friday against Alhambra and the Spartans' loss) is what it is all about.
"It feels great to actually accomplish a goal we set in the offseason," Garcia said. "It helps me push myself to greater goals."
"That's our first goal," he said about the Almont League title. "Our second goal is to win a CIF championship."
Add Garcia: "The first one is always a must. The second would be nice."
Perez also said he thinks coach Ben Negrete is doing a fantastic job at the helm of the Spartans.
"I think he is a great coach," Perez said of Negrete. "He brings us good coaches from all over the area. He's built a great coaching staff."
"He can be tough on us, but it helps me to motivate myself," Garcia said.
Perez added Negrete brings you to do your best.
"It's like tough love," he said. "This whole coaching staff cares about us. They're like father figures to us."
In addition, Garcia said the ultimate results come down to the team, not the coaches.
"We set our own standards, meaning when we want to end it, we end it and when we want to finish, we finish," Garcia said.
And what will stand in the Spartans' way of winning it all?
"We shoot ourselves in the foot sometimes," Perez said. "These are mental mistakes. That would keep us from a CIF title."