Apaches Seeking Redemption
Apaches start off the season with a 62-0 win over the Mecca Town Bulldogs
Downey, CA - Apaches (1-0) start off the season with a bang when they defeated the visiting team Mecca Town Bulldogs (0-1) (San Diego) 62-0. With the team not having a pre-season game, this was a great way to start off the 2020 season.
Coach Leon was just content with how season started off. With a lot of mistakes happening on both sides of the ball for the Apaches, Coach Leon, along with his coaching staff, was very meticulous about every mistake being made. With the simple message being relayed to the team, "Do your Job". Although Coach Leon was harping on the mistakes the team made, he did see a bright side to this game as well, "This game was a good tune up for us, seeing how we didn’t have preseason games. It was a great way for us to evaluate a lot of new guys in actual game time while remaining competitive and getting a look at everybody"
Apaches offense was firing off on all cylinders, scoring 7 times; by 6 different individuals.
Bernard Porter lead the QB group with 157 yards passing with 3 Passing TDs, 21 yards rushing. Anthony Figueroa had 99 yards passing with 1 TD pass. Harold Mobley finish the game with 26 yards passing 1TD.
Defense lead, by Mike Johnson, pitched a shutout and only allowed 120 total yards along with a defensive score; Ivan McDowell INT TD return. Mike started the game with a thunderous hit to fire up the defense and the sideline.
Special teams was lead by Mickey Simmons, who returned punt for 58 yards for a TD.
The Apaches next game is against the West Coast Lions (0-1), who started the season with a loss to new LDFL team, the Sin City Rough Riders. The Apaches are still mulling over the loss the Lions dished out to them last year during the Semi Finals in a blowout fashion. Coach Leon, still in disbelief till this day, refuses to watch the semi final game from 2019 season. When asking how he felt about their match up with the Lions, he had this say, "This game coming up is personal for me in a sense. Because they put us out of the playoffs and ended our season last year. I’m not proud of the way we prepared going into that game or the way we executed. We looked past them and it cost us. We won’t make that same mistake again"
Tune in next week, when the Apaches face off the West Coast Lions which is noted as the LDFL Game of the Week.