|West Sedona begins 2011 season 0-2|
|Written by Brian Bergner Jr.|
|Friday, 02 September 2011 00:00|
There is no rest for the weary. At least that’s what the West Sedona School football team’s motto should be this season.
All but one player for the Wildcats plays with the Red Rock Youth Football organization in its Majors program, making the simultaneous schedule extra difficult for those suiting up wearing pads.
For the 0-2 Wildcats, West Sedona has only five games on this season’s schedule due to so many players also playing for the Majors.
The Wildcats began the 2011 season with a sub-par effort against Cottonwood Middle School, losing 51-12 on Aug. 20.
West Sedona turned around four days later and put up quite a fight against Williams Middle School on Aug. 24, but came up short, losing 27-12.
Athletic Director Pedro Ortega Sr. added the Wildcats are looking to add a sixth contest sometime in the middle of September, but a date has yet to be announced.
West Sedona football Head Coach Sam Samano believes his team will be better having played multiple games at two different levels.
When asked what he thought his team’s strengths were on the football field, Samano looked to his skill players.
“Our team strength is at our skill positions — the wide receivers, running backs, tight ends. We have several good players,” Samano said, who is in his first year as head coach of the Wildcats.
The only Wildcat to play only with West Sedona is eighth-grade linebacker Alex Kanning; the rest are on double duty.
Top returners this season for the Wildcats include eighth-graders Austin Samano, Micheala Cunningham and Bailey Ehrlich.
As for the newcomers, eighth-graders Wesley Switzer, Nolen Wilson and Hunter McNeill look to have a good year while seventh-graders Chas Rescigno, Keagan Cordova, Sean Sullivan and Dawson Barber aim to back them up.
“We’ve got a bunch of kids out, so it’s good to see,” Samano said. “The Williams game was a better matchup for us and it showed. We had one game behind us, so we had the experience and the kids knew the plays a bit better.”
At 0-2, West Sedona is looking to get its first win Thursday, Sept. 8, when it welcomes Granite Mountain Middle School. The game will be played at Sedona Red Rock High School with a kickoff set for 4 p.m.
Bradshaw Mountain Middle School is the last home game on the schedule for West Sedona on Thursday, Sept. 22.
The Wildcats will end the regular season Wednesday, Sept. 28, at Prescott Mile High Middle School.